Have you ever wondered what careers are out there in the fitness industry besides personal training and gym instructing? You’ve picked the right time to find out.
The world of fitness is facing an unprecedented boom, bringing with it the opportunity to thrive in a huge array of health and wellness-related jobs.
Today Icon Training offers a look into just some of the lesser-known sporting careers.
Also known as: Sports Dietician
Sports nutritionists play a key role in enhancing athletic performance.
Using extensive knowledge on the human body, it is their job to advise on areas such as diet, eating habits, exercise and supplements.
They are often asked to provide in-depth dietary frameworks, tailored to a sporting individual’s lifestyle. This can often vary greatly dependent on the sport and the health of the individual.
A degree in nutritional science or similar.
Starting salary – £20,00
Experienced salary – £50,000.
As a lifeguard, it is your job to oversee people swimming and ensure high water safety standards are being met. Lifeguarding offers the flexibility to work in leisure centres or by the beach, with further training. You’ll usually work in a team of people and find yourself in contact with the public regularly.
Lifeguarding is often used as a stepping stone to further careers in the leisure industry, such as teaching of leisure management.
Pool lifeguarding – a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) or an STA Pool Lifeguard Qualification.
Beach lifeguarding – a National Beach Lifeguarding Qualification (NBLQ) or a Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB) Beach Lifeguard Award.
Starting salary – £13,00 – £16,000
Experienced salary – up to £29,000.
Also known as: Duty Manager, Centre Manager
Whether you already work in fitness or are looking to enter at a managerial level, Leisure Managers oversee events, staff, and the day-to-day running of the facilities. Responsibilities include recruitment, budget management and health and safety compliance, just to name a few.
As a Leisure Manager, there is never a dull moment and you constantly find yourself on your toes.
Leisure Duty Manager Standard Level 3. It also helps to be a CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) member.
Find out more about becoming a qualified Leisure Manager with Icon Training: https://icon-training.com/apprenticeship/
Starting salary – £18,000
Experienced salary – £25,000 – £35,000
Also known as: Physical Therapist. Not to be confused with Sports Therapist
Physiotherapists specialise in the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. Sportspersons and athletes are only a small cross-section of the customers visiting physiotherapists. Throughout your day, you may see people with disabilities, hospital patients and elderly people.
Ailments range from physical disabilities to sporting injuries, strokes and neurological disorders.
BSc Physiotherapy degree. You must also be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Starting salary – around £22,000
Experienced salary – £41,000+
There is a very clear overlap with Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy, as noted above. In a nutshell, Physiotherapy is much more medical, where Sports Therapy focuses much more closely on the musculoskeletal element.
Sports Therapists combine anatomy, physiology and biomechanical understanding to rehabilitate injuries back to optimal levels of functionality.
A degree or diploma endorsed by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST).
Starting salary – £23,000 – £26,000
Experienced salary – £45,000+
Group Fitness Instructor
As a Group Fitness Instructor, your job is to lead groups in exercise classes. It falls on you to plan, instruct and motivate the class, prior to and during the session. Most Group Fitness Instructors will specialise in certain areas, such as Yoga and Pilates or Zumba.
Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or OCR Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Exercise and Fitness
Starting salary – £14,000
Experienced salary – £30,000
Find out more about becoming a qualified Group Fitness Instructor with Icon Training: https://icon-training.com/course/fitness-instructor-courses/
Also known as: Lifestyle coach
Wellness coaches offer guidance on promoting happiness in their client’s lives, particularly in areas such as health, career, relationships and hobbies. Wellness Coaches work with clients over the phone and in person, alongside Dieticians and Nutritionists, and even write their own books!
There are no set qualifications for becoming a Wellness Coach, but clients are more likely to feel comfortable if you have qualifications from bodies such as the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) or the Association for Coaching.
Highly varied. Most Wellness Coaches charge £30 – £60 per session, but corporate rates can stretch as high as £300.
Sports coaching is the dream job for sports fanatics. Coaching work will vary from sport to sport and the level at which your coaching. Coaches are responsible for building skills such as delegation, management, teamwork, whilst encouraging and motivate participants.
This varies dependent from sport to sport. At the very least you will need recognition from the National Governing Body for your sport. You may also be expected to have a Foundation Degree in Coaching, a HND or a degree in sports science or similar.
Starting salary – £14,000 – £22,000
Experienced salary – £30,000 – £35,000.
Interested by these careers? Icon Training has a range of health and fitness related apprenticeships and courses to start you off on your career journey. Take a look: http://icon-training.com/careers/.