8 Awesome Health and Fitness Jobs Besides Personal Training

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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.

 

Sports Nutritionist

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.

Ideal for:
  • Individuals with an interest in sports science, biology and human anatomy
  • People who work well with others on a personal basis and can effectively build relationships
  • People with the ability to analyse, evaluate and provide customised solutions.
Qualifications:

A degree in nutritional science or similar.

Typical salary:

Starting salary – £20,00
Experienced salary – £50,000.

 

Lifeguard

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.

Ideal for:
  • Strong swimmers
  • People looking to progress into a leisure-based career
  • People with high levels of concentration and the ability to stay calm in an emergency
Qualifications:

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.

Typical salary:

Starting salary – £13,00 – £16,000
Experienced salary – up to £29,000.

 

Leisure Manager

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.

Ideal for:
  • People who are adept at multi-tasking and problem-solving
  • People with strong leadership skills
  • Individuals with administrative and cash management skills.
Qualifications:

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/

Typical salary:

Starting salary – £18,000
Experienced salary – £25,000 – £35,000

 

Physiotherapist

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.

Ideal for:
  • Individuals with an interest in sport science, biology and human anatomy
  • People who work well with others on a personal basis and can effectively build relationships
  • People with high levels of patience and a sympathetic nature
Qualifications:

BSc Physiotherapy degree. You must also be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Typical salary:

Starting salary – around £22,000
Experienced salary – £41,000+

 

Sports Therapist

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.

Ideal for:
  • Individuals with an interest in sport science, biology and human anatomy
  • People who work well with others on a personal basis and can effectively build relationships
  • People who are good at handling the stress of responsibility. There is often a high expectation of quick rehabilitation from athletes looking to get back to their sport.
Qualifications:

A degree or diploma endorsed by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST).

Typical salary:

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.

Ideal for:
  • Individuals with high levels of fitness and an interest in health and fitness.
  • Enthusiastic people who aren’t afraid of addressing large groups
  • People who are happy with inflexibility as classes are held on set times and days.
Qualifications:

Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or OCR Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Exercise and Fitness

Typical salary:

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/

 

Wellness Coach

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!

Ideal for:
  • Individuals with excellent listening skills
  • Personable people who work well on a one-to-one basis and in groups
  • People with high levels of patience and a sympathetic nature
Qualifications:

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.

Typical salary:

Highly varied. Most Wellness Coaches charge £30 – £60 per session, but corporate rates can stretch as high as £300.

 

Sports Coach

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.

Ideal for:

  • Individuals with an interest and high levels of experience, in a particular sport
  • Personable people with excellent communication skills
  • People with high levels of patience and a supportive nature
Qualifications:

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.

Typical salary:

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/.