Fitness workers, personal trainers, group exercise instructors and fitness directors are increasingly called upon to serve more complex sets of the American population. The professional arena is demanding more highly trained and knowledgeable staff than ever before. Fitness centers, medical centers and corporate health and fitness programs require staff that have knowledge of fitness, nutrition, motivational strategies, management of injuries, legalities of injured worker systems, and risk management. The world of health, wellness and fitness is changing and is requiring greater skill sets with fitness assessments, club management, nutrition assessments and fitness programs tailored to the needs of an increasingly diverse population.
Currently, the Department of Labor estimates there are 261,000 fitness workers, health promotion specialists and health educators and the job outlook is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment projections are expected to increase by 29 percent or greater over the 2008 to 2016 decade. Job growth is predicted due to the demands by aging baby boomers, obese children and parental concerns about fitness, reduction of physical education in schools and those seeking a better quality of life through improved health and fitness (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4/30/2010).