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Fitness Specialist

To be a successful Fitness Specialist you should…

  • have excellent communication skills
  • be flexible and creative in finding best solutions
  • be able to learn to use new equipment and perform new tasks
  • be able to see small differences
  • be able to work with patience and understanding

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What will my job be like?

Fitness specialists understand the basic concepts of fitness, health, and wellness to prepare an exercise prescription for an individual beginning an exercise program. A fitness specialist instructs groups and individuals in the safe use of equipment, proper body mechanics, health, eating behaviors, and individualized fitness programs.

Where could I work?

Fitness specialists may work in health clubs, corporate fitness programs, or hospitals; or in sales of health and fitness programs and equipment. Fitness specialists may start their own businesses as personal trainers.

What is the average annual salary?


What is the future of this career?

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.

What type of education and/or training do I need?

A fitness specialist must earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon completion of the certificate program, students must take national exams for certification from the American College of Sports Medicine and/or the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
  • Gateway Community College, New Haven
  • Manchester Community College, Manchester
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury
  • Sacred Heart University, Fairfield
  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
  • Three Rivers Community College, Norwich
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.

Where can I get more information?

American College of Sports Medicine
401 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN   46202

American Council on Exercise
4851 Paramount Drive
San Diego, CA   92123

National Strength and Conditioning Association
1885 Bob Johnson Drive
Colorado Springs, CO   80906