Inside Trainer Careers

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Biggest Surprises

"Continuing Education Not Up To Par...
There are many people in the profession who are not very confident in what they are doing, and even worse, many that think they know what they are doing, but don't. The worst experiences I have had with others in the field are individuals who graduated a long time ago and are stuck on practicing outdated techniques" (Athletic Trainer; 2013)

Career: , female
School: Studied Sports Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut; completed Bachelor degree in 2010

"Ability To Work In Many Different Types Of Places...
I was surprised at how many different ways there are to do massage professionally. Other than working in a salon, one can work for a doctor's office, work for a cruise ship, work for casinos, work for music venues, work at music festivals. There are boundless opportunities." (Massage Therapist; 2014)

Career: 9 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: Studied Massage And Hydrotherapy at Florida School Of Massage in Florida; completed Diploma degree in 2004

"Trainer's Make Your Own Schedule For 4 Hours A Week...
I'm amazed at how disorganized it all is. I thought I would just be training clients and have a 9-5 schedule. You have to sell all your own training and then only get paid when a client does a session. It's lame." (Personal Trainer; 2014)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in New Mexico, male
School: Studied Personal Training at Apollo in New Mexico; completed Associate degree in 2009

"More Money Than I Thought...
I was surprised about the opportunities available and the payment that was offered! It was more than I expected." (Personal Trainer; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Maryland, female
School: Studied Sports Medicine at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland; completed Associate degree in 2011

"New Teachers Will Scramble For Work...
It's easy to imagine as a yoga teacher in training that you will soon land a job at your favorite studio and be teaching a reliable schedule of classes. However, so many teachers compete for each job that those ready slots are difficult to come by. I was surprised at how much (unpaid) time ended up consumed by rushing between locations, preparing for classes at studios with different styles, etc." (Yoga Teacher; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Massachusetts, female
School: Studied Vinyasa Yoga at CorePower Yoga Teacher Training Program in Illinois; completed Certificate degree in 2011

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Personal Trainer: "Best part of my job is successfully having a client meet a goal - such as a weight loss goal or race. It can be very frustrating when your client has goals, but is not truly committed to change Wanting change and making it happen is two different things. You can not want it more than your client. It is wonderful to meet with a client weekly and develop a relationship with them and watch them progress." (2011)

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Career Tips

"Make Connections...
Make connections before you graduate school, that way you have career options. You always want to have at least three connections at different places" (Personal Trainer; 2014)

"Massage Therapists Must Practice Self Care First...
If you want to be successful as a massage therapist, the number one thing to remember is to take care of yourself first. If you don't take care of your body, you won't be able to help others with theirs. If you don't take care of your mental well-being, it will be hard to convey a relaxing experience to your clients." (Massage Therapist; 2014)

"Make Your Name Known And You Will Sell...
This job is all about marketing and talking to people. The more you offer training the more you will sell. You must keep up on your knowledge of training as well." (Personal Trainer; 2014)

"Find A Subspecialty You Love...
Figure out what specific style of yoga or population of students you want to teach. Being passionate about--or better yet, certified in--teaching children, seniors, veterans, etc, will make you more satisfied as a teacher and studios more likely to hire you for your unique skills." (Yoga Teacher; 2014)

"Never Be Satisfied Just Knowing What You Already Know...
Know your anatomy like the back of your hand, it is one thing that will never change, aside from the anatomy make sure to attend seminars and continue learning... the field changes every day as technology advances and new discoveries are made" (Athletic Trainer; 2013)

"Consider Additional Certs...
Other certifications than Personal Training are important to be credible - such as group exercise, spinning, yoga, etc. Just doing a weekend certification is not credible - it is very important to have a nationally credited certification. It is also imperative to stay current in the industry - you must keep up your certification by taking continuing education classes. Though this can be a considerable cost and be time consuming it very worthwhile." (Personal Trainer; 2011)