Fitness & Sports

If you love to exercise, train, eat clean, and want to help inspire and instruct others in how to live a long, healthy, active life, a degree in Fitness and Nutrition may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Fitness and Nutrition students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). Most entry-level positions as a Fitness Trainer require a high school diploma and some form of certification, while a career as a Nutritionist, Dietician, Exercise Physiologist, or Health Educator typically requires a bachelor's degree and, at times, a master's degree.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background and extracurricular activity in sports helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Fitness and Nutrition Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Fitness and Nutrition include:

  • Fitness Trainer
  • Dietitian
  • Nutritionist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Fitness Trainer and Instructor was $40,390 in 2019 (1) while Dietitians and Nutritionists earned a median salary of $61,270 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.