Students may want to consider higher education for a fitness career

Higher education can help advance a career in the fast-growing fitness field.
Higher education can help advance a career in the fast-growing fitness field.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for fitness workers are expected to grow much faster than average with a 29 percent increase throughout 2018. Jobs in this field can include personal trainer, group exercise instructor and fitness director.

Although it varies greatly by employer and job title, in order to advance in the field, a bachelor's or a master's degree is widely recommended. Professionals who have completed this type of higher education may be eligible for a promotion to a managerial position.

In order to prepare students for this fast-growing industry, many colleges offer a bachelor's degree program. For example, the University of Delaware offers undergraduate majors in applied nutrition, athletic training, exercise science and sport management, according to its website. Similar programs are also available at Minnesota State University, the University of Saint Francis in Indiana and the University of Oklahoma.

Master's degree programs that may be useful for a fitness career can be found at institutions such as Southern Connecticut State University, Tennessee's Lipscomb University and Western Michigan University, according to their websites.

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