Wellness & Exercise Specialist
Nature of the Profession:
The Wellness & Exercise Specialist degree prepares graduates to become certified personal trainers and/or certified group exercise instructors. The certified personal trainer and/or certified group exercise instructor work with apparently healthy individuals and those with health challenges who are able to exercise independently to enhance quality of life, improve health-related physical fitness performance, manage health risk, and promote lasting healthy behavior changes.
The certified personal trainer conducts basic pre-participation health screening assessments, submaximal aerobic exercise tests and muscular strength/endurance, flexibility, and body composition tests. The trainer facilitates motivation and adherence as well as develops and administers programs designed to enhance muscular strength/endurance, flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, and/or any of the motor skill related components of physical fitness (i.e., balance, coordination, power, agility, speed, and reaction time).
The certified group exercise instructor leads these same individuals in safe and effective exercise classes using a variety of leadership techniques to foster group camaraderie, support, and motivation to enhance muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, and any of the motor skills related to the domains of health related physical fitness.
Education & Training:
The certified personal trainer will perform initial client consultations and assessments. Develop exercise programming and implement programs for individuals. The personal trainer will demonstrate exercise leadership and educate individual clients using scientifically sound information and resources. The trainer will practice legal and safety guidelines determined by the health and fitness industry to minimize liability and maximize program effectiveness. Trainers will participate in approved continuing education programs to continue professional development. The trainer will develop a sound business plan and marketing materials to build client base, promote services and increase resources.
The certified group exercise instructor will screen, assess, evaluate, and modify participant’s involvement in exercise programs by reviewing assessment protocols based on industry standards and guidelines. Design and implement exercise classes in order to create a safe and effective workout based upon the objectives of the program. The instructor will demonstrate exercise leadership and educate individual clients using scientifically sound information and resources. The instructor will practice legal and safety guidelines determined by the health and fitness industry to minimize liability and maximize program effectiveness. Instructors will participate in approved continuing education programs to continue professional development.
Job prospects will be good for those with certification and experience. Workers with college or vocational degrees will have an advantage in finding a job, as well as more advancement opportunities. Overall employment of personal trainers and group instructors is projected to increase 13% nationwide and 25% in Texas.
Note: Information and data obtained from Occupational Outlook Handbook, TWC Tracer, and America's Career InfoNet.