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The Fitness Zone

Find a fitness job you'll love
November 16, 2011 | by Justin Price

Now that you've become a qualified Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer you face the task of finding a job just like everyone else in your class, says Daniel Hoy.

As an Instructor you'll be happy to know that your job prospects are rated as good' by the Government. There are a number of great reasons to become a Fitness Instructor , and one of the biggest is the strong employment opportunities it offers.

Employment opportunities for Fitness Instructors projected to 2015-16, is expected to grow very strongly. It is considered a large occupation (22,800 in November 2010) and in the last five years employment numbers have risen strongly.

Many of your fellow Fitness Instructors will take the obvious path of working in a gym, but it's important to remember Fitness Instructors are employed across several industries including arts and recreation services, education and training, and health care and social assistance.

Don't be afraid to take on part-time work either, as it can often lead to a full-time job.

To help you land your perfect gig, here are five tips for finding a job in fitness:

1. Never stop learning. Fitness is an ever-changing landscape and it's important for you to stay up-to-date with current trends . It makes you vastly more employable.

2. Don't be afraid to volunteer. Try your local AFL or Rugby club, offer to provide them with pre-season testing. You'd be surprised how many clients you can pick up this way.

3. Practice your interview technique. Being a fitness instructor is as much about presentation as anything else.

4. If you work in a gym, put the effort in to build your client base.

5. Network, network and network some more . The more people you meet the better your chance of landing a new client, or picking up a job.


Justin Price is the creator of The BioMechanics Method® Corrective Exercise Specialist (TBMM-CES) course available through Australian Fitness Network. This course is the fitness industry’s highest-rated specialty certification, and there are TBMM specialists in over 70 countries helping people alleviate pain and reach their performance goals. He is also the author of several books including the academic textbook The BioMechanics Method for Corrective Exercise. Justin is a former IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, founding author of PTA Global, and a subject matter expert for AFN, The American Council on Exercise, PTontheNET, TRX, BOSU, Arthritis Today, BBC, Discovery Health, Los Angeles Times, Men's Health, MSNBC, New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Wall Street Journal, WebMD and Tennis Magazine.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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