Fitness Directors

Fitness directors, also known as fitness and wellness coordinators, organize and schedule exercise classes and programs for health clubs, resorts, cruise lines, corporations, and other institutions. They work with other fitness professionals, such as personal trainers, nutritionists, and health care personnel, to deliver the best services for the individuals who use the fitness facility. Fitness directors must balance the needs of their staff with the needs of the paying customers. To do this, directors listen to suggestions from staff and clients regarding program changes or additions, instructor criticisms, and any other comments to make sure the fitness facility runs smoothly and paying customers are happy.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Fitness and Wellness Coordinators
Duties Organize and schedule exercise classes and programs at health clubs and for other employers
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Health
  • Physical Education
Experience Previous experience as a fitness trainer and/or in a management-related position are required
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Fitness Facility Owner
  • Fitness Director
  • Personal Trainer or Aerobics Instructor

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