If you are considering working in the fitness industry, the time has never been better! If you enjoy looking after your health and fitness to the extent where it is a more than a pastime, where it is something you want to do every day then maybe a career in Health and Fitness is for you.
The Health and Fitness industry has never been stronger. With new boutique studios and gym franchises opening daily, interest in our own wellbeing and health has driven the UK to get fitter. If you are deciding what type of career to move into it can be important to know that the future is looking strong. With the decline in other industries such as high-street retail, it is important to consider that the career you are going to choose has a bright future. The time really is now for the UK Fitness Industry.
State of the UK Fitness Industry
In the 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report presented the following figures
- The number of fitness facilities in the UK is up from 6,728 to 7,038 this year.
- Total membership grew by 2% to 9.9 million.
- Total market value increased by 2.9% to £4.9 billion
This trend has seen six successive years of increases and with the increase in health and fitness comes a boost in the need for individuals who have a genuine passion for their own fitness and that of others. The scope of careers available in the industry is huge, with new styles of innovative and increasingly technological advances the future is only looking brighter. Innovative apps and the introduction of Virtual Reality into the gym experience continue to develop and excite the fitness community, with on-demand workouts and training regimens expanding the reach of the industry into people’s everyday lives. Working in the leisure industry is not only rewarding but ultimately it can keep you fit and healthy too!
If the image of a P.E. teacher or gym instructor springs to mind when you think about careers in the world of fitness then here is a list of just some of the health and fitness jobs to remind you of how many possibilities there actually is in the world of fitness.
- Boxing Instructor
- Health Club Manager
- Fitness and Nutrition journalist
- Physical Therapist
- Badminton Coach
- Cycle Scheme co-ordinator
- Personal Trainer
- Swimming Teacher
- Yoga Teacher
- Sports Referee
- Sports Physiotherapist
- Sports agent
- Outdoor activities instructor
- Assistant Coach
- Sports Psychologist
The training and pathways involved in the different roles can differ greatly, with some involving working in-house to progress and others needing specialist degrees. There are lots of resources out there to help you to narrow down your search. A great start is the National Careers Service. They have lots of vital information and can give you a brief nutshell of what the job in question requires and might be – check out https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
Another helpful resource for those careers that may need an academic grounding is UCAS. They provide detailed information on a huge number of leisure industry jobs and careers and brilliant advice about how to get started on your journey – have a look at https://www.ucas.com/careers-advice
A career in the Health and Fitness is not always a walk in the park, but, if you chat with those who are already in the industry they will tell you it is definitely worth it. Speak to someone who works in the area you are passionate about, they might tell you about the long hours, the physical strain and the pressures of keeping training up to date. But they will also tell you they are glad they chose to do something they love to do, every day of their working life. If that is where you want to be – start your journey today.
Check out our guides to starting a career in the health and fitness industry….