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Exercise and Fitness

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What will I do?

You can teach group exercise classes, work as a personal trainer, or work in entry-level management positions in gyms, rehabilitation centers, recreation facilities or in retail sales. With a bachelor’s degree, you can advance in your career at a gym or you can become a teacher.

What classes will I take?

You will take classes about different types of exercises – Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and step aerobics. You will learn how to instruct a group of people in these exercises.

What skills do I need to start school?

You need to be outgoing and like being the center of attention. You will need to like talking to groups of people. You should probably like to work out.

What can I do with a certificate?

You can teach group classes at a gym or rec center.

How long does it take to complete a certificate?

It takes two semesters.

What are the next steps in a pathway?

You can earn a second certificate as a person trainer. You can also transfer credits towards an Associate’s of Science degree in Sports and Exercise Studies.

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What can I do with an associate’s degree?

You can work in entry-level management positions in the gyms, rec centers, or in retail sales.

What can I do with a bachelor’s degree?

You can work towards a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as exercise science, health education, or sports management.

What are some challenges?

You need to like working out. You need to like talking to people.

How easy will it be to get a job?

Jobs in this field are growing faster than average.


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