How to Change Career in Health and Wellness Industry

Steff Holloway

20 January, 2018

Health and fitness industry had seen considerable growth over the last few decades. And this growth rate does not seem to be slowing down. The one thing that is constantly fueling this growth is the public focus on long-term health. More and more people are becoming aware of the importance of being fit and healthy. Moreover, there are new fitness styles and trends emerging every day.

Tips to be Health and Fitness Professional

In the light of these fitness trends, career opportunities in the fitness industry are also booming. This is why people from various professions are looking for a career change in this industry. If you are one of them, here is how you can get into the fitness and health industry as a professional.

#1. Get Warmed Up

Health and fitness industry is a diverse field with a number of opportunities to explore. Therefore, it’s essential for an individual to know the industry-explore various aspects of it before making the transition. Realizing and setting up one’s future objectives and goals serves as a headstart in the long run.

Most people change careers to find a job that best fits their interests and offers financial security as well. Hopefully, you have made your fair share of mistakes in your previous job. Making a hasty decision will be another mistake on the list. Instead, take your time to identify the goals that you will be pursuing in your new career. Decide if you will join the industry as a sales representative, corporate wellness coordinator or an independent consultant and how you plan to thrive in that job profile. Making this decision early on will save you a great deal of hassle in the future.

#2. Get Certification

Now that you have made your decision to fixate on a particular niche in the industry, it’s time to get officially ready to pursue your career. Usually, getting a related degree eases the transition and helps in getting better career opportunities. But the idea of getting back to school does not appeal to most people. Earning a degree takes time (at least two years), and costs a lot of money. On the one hand, during the pursuit of a degree, you learn about human anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, etc. On the other hand, your degree will give you little knowledge of change psychology and business development. Considering these factors, it is better to change career into the fitness industry with a certification.  

Getting certified as a personal trainer is not only cost-effective but also faster. It is mostly self-study. So, you can finish it as fast as you can. However, it is crucial to mention that a certification is not as credible as a degree and will take some research to know which certification is better

It is advisable to gain some coaching experience before applying for a certification. Coaching helps in building your credentials. It doesn’t matter who you coach ( friends, family, relatives, etc.) when you are getting started. What is important is that you have done some self-study and know what you are doing. Now, as for certification, there are various certifications available. It is fine to start with a basic one. Some of them are listed below:

  • American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
  • International Sports Sciences Association – Personal Trainer Certification
  • PTA Global – Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association – Certified Personal Trainer

#3. Get an Internship

After getting a credible basic certification, you are eligible for an internship in the fitness industry. Your internship at a reputed organization/institute will help you establish yourself as a credible professional in the industry. Moreover, an internship will give you necessary experience to set achievable and meaningful health goals for you clients. So, start looking and applying for internship opportunities that you can find on job hunt websites or offline sources like local newspapers.

#4. Get Work Experience

Once you have an accredited certification and an internship, you have the gear necessary to build your career. Now, it’s show time! It’s time to exercise your knowledge and skills towards your professional goals. To perpetually grow in the fitness industry, it is crucial to continue to expand one’s education. Don’t hold back from applying for mentorships or advanced certifications. Such certifications mark your progress as a professional in the industry.

#5. Build a Network

Nowadays, networking is the most crucial aspect of any profession. Therefore, it is significant to build a network of professionals around you. It helps in your personal and professional growth and the achievement of your professional goals. The more you expand your reach, the more credibility you will gain in the field.

Be ready to collaborate with other professionals at the earliest opportunity. To get into potential collaboration, it is pivotal to keep yourself open to new ideas and suggestions and make yourself coachable.

#6. Keep up with Technology

In order to thrive in the fitness and health industry, one must keep up with new technological advancements in the industry. The field is constantly evolving; traditional ways of sharing information are becoming obsolete as new and more efficient forms of media are being introduced. And more and more professionals in the industry are adopting these changes; it makes their operations smoother, more effective and, economical.

As you are new to the field, being a part of the trend early on will be a huge advantage in the long run. Give your job a business touch. Seek the help of social media to master the game; make use of the top apps you niche offers. Tap into the heart and mind of your intended audience through the evolving technology.    

We just learned how to build a successful career in the fitness industry from scratch. There is plenty of room for newcomers in this industry. So follow the above tips and build a career of your dreams. We hope you found the article helpful. If there are any queries/suggestions, please do share them with us. We’d appreciate it. Good luck with your career.