The Fitness Specialist certificate program is designed for those who wish to start or build upon a career in the growing fitness industry. Whether you want to start a career in the fitness field or are already working and wish to increase your knowledge and skills, this certificate program can help you achieve your goals.

The program also may benefit those working in other allied health professions who want to include exercise as part of a health and wellness program. People who want to begin their own fitness/personal training business can also benefit from elective courses in entrepreneurship and sports management.

The certificate is offered through the Health, Physical Education and Exercise Studies Department.

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Career Opportunities

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The fitness industry is expected to continue growing over the coming decade and many employers may require a higher level of knowledge, which can be provided by the courses in the Fitness Specialist certificate.

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Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017): Fitness Instructor/ Personal Trainer, $31,840.

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Graduates may seek careers in a variety of public and private fitness and health centers or pursue a career as a personal trainer.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Colleen Ferris
McDonough Sports Complex, Room 219

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.