Athletic and personal trainers are on the cutting edge of physical fitness. Athletic and sports trainers not only recognize, evaluate, and assess injuries, but they also prevent, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate muscle and bone conditions. A personal trainer designs workout regimens for those trying to get or stay physically fit. A successful personal trainer must be highly independent and dedicated because they are often their own bosses.
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How to Earn an Athletic and Personal Trainer Degree
After completing your athletic and personal trainer classes, you may pursue a career in: physical education training or sports training. Athletic and sports training coursework includes: introduction to athletic training and extremities injury assessment and exercise physiology.
Common courses in a personal trainer degree program include:
- Resistance Training
- Flexibility Training
- Core and Trunk Exercises
- Lower and Upper Body Exercises
Certified athletic trainers are common almost anywhere people are physically active. Personal trainer schedules vary by work setting, but those who work at gyms most often work 40 hours per week. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), athletic training jobs are projected to grow at a rate of 37% through 2018. The median annual salary for athletic trainers in May of 2008 was $39,640. The BLS projects a 27% increase in the number of personal trainers through 2016. The median average personal trainer salary ranges between $20,000 and $57,000.