Several weeks ago, I made the decision to pursue a career in the fitness industry. Although my decision was in large part rooted in the fact that I love exercising as well as the idea of improving the health of others, I have come to understand that pursuing a career in this field can be advantageous in other ways. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor currently expects the employment of fitness workers to grow between 2008 and 2018. Here are three reasons why:
1. More Baby Boomers Are Pursuing Health.
Research findings indicate that the baby boomer population has demonstrated interest in becoming more healthy. In her own discussion of staying healthy at a young age, Diane Carbo noted that “Baby boomers want to live well and healthy, live comfortably, and age in familiar surroundings.” As a result of the fact that baby boomers are actively pursuing health, the fitness industry-which helps facilitate wellness through supporting engagement in physical activity-will likely experience growth over the next several years.
2. Reduction In Physical Education Programs In Schools.
In her discussion of physical education programs in schools, the Huffington Post notes that “Many schools are reducing or eliminating their physical education programs due to budget cuts, combined with a greater emphasis on academic performance.” As a result of the fact that physical education programs are being cut, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the employment of fitness workers will grow more quickly than the average for other occupations.
3. Increased Concern About Childhood Obesity.
Although obesity has been a subject of interest for quite some time, it seems that more and more people are becoming concerned about how to fight it. Currently, about one third of Americans are obese (and another one third are overweight.) And although the rate of obesity in the U.S. is expected to slow, a Los Angeles Times study about the effects of obesity reports that it is expected to rise over the next 18 years. Like adults, children are expected to be affected by this increased rate of obesity. According to an article in Red and Black that examines concern about childhood obesity, “Public health reforms targeted at school-based physical education are seen as a major part of the answer to the childhood obesity epidemic.” Yet the fact that school-based physical education programs are being reduced precipitates questions regarding how the childhood obesity epidemic will be addressed. And according to the U.S. Department of Labor, fitness workers will likely provide solutions to the problem.
As made plain by the information listed above, there are a variety of reasons that pursuing a career in the fitness industry could be economically advantageous. Thus if you are interested in ensuring that your vocational choices are recession-proof, becoming a fitness instructor may be a prudent decision to make. Good luck!
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