Fitness & Sports - Personal Training
If you love exercise, fitness, playing sports, tuning into your body, eating healthy, feeling energetic, and want to spend your career helping others become their healthiest, best self, a degree or certification in Personal Training may be the perfect fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Personal Training students typically pursue a certification program, associate degree (2 years), or bachelor's degree (4 years) before entering the workplace. In this field, potential employers usually seek a certification in personal fitness training before hiring you as a Personal Trainer in their public or private gym. If you obtain a bachelor's degree in the field, you will also have the opportunity to pursue a career as an Exercise Physiologist, boosting your earning potential and marketability.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background and extracurricular sports or fitness experience 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 Personal Training Degree Or Certification
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree or certification in Personal Training include:
- Fitness Trainer
- Athletic Trainer
- 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 Fitness Trainers and Instructors was $40,390 in 2019 (1), Athletic Trainers earned a median salary of $48,440 in 2019 (2), and Exercise Physiologists earned $49,170. (3)
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.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.