Being a Personal Trainer Usually does NOT Require a College Degree
At least currently the above is true, however the personal training profession may soon move
This means there will be more strict education requirements to become a
personal trainer in the future.
Currently it is sad to say that having a degree in exercise science does not
guarantee a higher salary as a beginning personal trainer.
People with degrees in exercise science usually garner higher compensation
but it is far from significant in most instances.
This is partly due to the fact that most personal trainers begin their
careers in corporate health clubs.
The turnover ratio for personal trainers is very high so the health clubs
really have no incentive to pay more to people with an exercise science or other
Positions in Personal Training
The most common positions personal trainer's advance to are fitness
managers or directors. Fitness director is often a hated position for a personal trainer to have
however, at least in my experience this seems to be the case.
Instead of training clients, which is usually the trainer's passion, they are
forced to concentrate more on the sales and management of other trainers.
Sometimes this can even drive fitness managers to go back to being a personal trainer
or out of the fitness industry altogether.
If you really love exercise, health and fitness, it is worth it to get a
college degree in exercise science. If you have a burning desire to learn
everything about the human body and how it performs and moves, a college degree
in exercise science is the way to go.
You may find a path in the exercise science field you enjoy and further your
specialized education. If you truly enjoy exercise science you will never
look back and be glad you spent 4+ years of your life and tens of thousands of
dollars to be the best personal trainer you can be.
Do it for the Money
Keep in mind that only a very small percentage of personal trainers make "the
big bucks. Your experience and client success is what will really help you
increase your earnings as a personal trainer, but it takes time.
If you are simply looking to make money, a degree in exercise science is
probably not the best thing you can do to make the most money as a personal
Due to lack of funding, many college exercise science programs curriculum is
not as current as most certifications. Work hard at studying the material
for the personal training certifications and apply the principles you learn to
gain experience, and your experience will often times be more valuable than any
If money is what motivates you, a degree in business would make more sense
since personal training is a business. You can also have the business
degree to fall back on if you eventually decide being a personal trainer is not