In an attempt to combat growing obesity rates, many Americans have gone on a health kick. Eating right and exercising are top priorities for these individuals, and as a result, the health and fitness market is booming. If you want to share your passion for healthy living with others, consider one of these five jobs in the field.
As an athletic trainer, you'll work with high school, college or professional sports teams to help prevent, diagnose and treat exercise-related injuries. You may be responsible for developing warm-ups and fitness regimens for the athletes as well. Most states require athletic trainers to have a bachelor's degree and a license or certification.
Fitness instructor/personal trainer
Teaching a class at your local gym or dance/yoga studio is a great way to get involved in the fitness industry. If you have prior experience studying the discipline you want to teach, you'll likely just need to commit some time to a teacher training or certification program before you can start applying to jobs. Similarly, you can become a personal trainer and work one-on-one with clients to help them reach their fitness goals. [Related story: How to Become a Personal Trainer]
A big part of healthy living is eating the right foods. As a nutritionist or dietitian, you'll advise your clients on what to eat to meet their weight-loss or health goal by following a nutritionally sound diet. Individuals in this field usually work in hospitals, schools and nursing homes, or are self-employed. In addition to obtaining a degree, most nutritionists participate in supervised training and state licensing programs before beginning their practice.
When an exercise-related injury occurs, many people will visit a physical therapist (PT) to help them recover quickly and efficiently. PTs need a strong understanding of how the body heals so they can advise their patients on the best rehabilitative exercises to do. This occupation, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects to grow by nearly 40 percent by 2020, requires a doctoral degree and state license.
Many sports lovers dream of working with their favorite teams. While you may never get to lead the pros to victory, there are plenty of opportunities in local school districts, colleges and universities to coach a sports team. Some schools require coaches to have a bachelor's degree, but at the very least, you'll need enough experience to teach your athletes the proper skills and techniques to play the game well.
For more information on these jobs, visit the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Originally published on Business News Daily.