Fitness / Health

What to expect from a career in the Fitness Industry

Health and fitness are at the forefront in today’s society, which means the demand for professionals trained in these areas is on the rise. Fitness and health promotion programs at Ontario colleges give students the skills they need for a variety of careers in the health, wellness and fitness industry, helping communities and clients improve their health and lifestyles.

If you’re a physically active person who wants to channel a passion for health and fitness into a successful career, here’s what you need to know.

Fitness and Health Promotion Courses

In order to provide complete understanding of the health and fitness industry, courses typically fall into three categories:

  • Theory. Courses in general nutrition, physiology, anatomy, flexibility, range of motion and more will give students a solid understanding of the human body and what it takes to keep it healthy.
  • Exercise and training. Students will learn to conduct fitness assessments, lead group fitness classes and provide personal training to prepare for a number of different positions in the health and fitness industry.
  • Business. Business management, communication, leadership and marketing will be emphasized to give students an understanding of the business side of the industry and also to help them promote their services.

Studio time and work placements are also part of the curriculum in many fitness and health promotion programs, giving students the opportunity to practice their skills in simulated and real-world environments.

General Fitness and Health Promotion Program Requirements

Ontario college fitness and health promotion programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit. Senior science or physical education credits may also be required, depending on the program.

Non-academic program requirements may include a police background check, which will be necessary for students to qualify for a work placement.

Fitness and Health Promotion Jobs and Salaries

There are a number of employment opportunities for graduates of health and fitness programs. Possible job titles include personal trainer, instructor, fitness sales rep and much more.

There are also a number of industries to which fitness and health promotion grads can apply their skills. These include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Athletic clubs and gyms
  • Health clubs
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Recreation centres
  • Sports associations

Individuals may also choose to be self-employed as fitness consultants or independent personal trainers. Salaries in the industry vary by position, but entry-level positions will likely range from $27,000 to $35,000 a year. For those who work independently, there is freedom to set an hourly wage, and earnings can be quite high with a large client base.

Ontario Colleges Offering Fitness and Health Promotion Programs

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