Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jobs and Fitness Careers for Veterans

The health and fitness industry in the United States has witnessed significant growth in recent years. As per the data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to rise by 24 percent between 2010 and 2020. This rate of growth is faster than the average for all occupations in the country and is incredible considering America has never really walked away from the recession and the unemployment rate is still high.  

Fitness jobs for veterans are available today more easily than ever before. An increasing number of health and fitness related organizations are willing to recognize the value that a veteran can bring to the fitness industry. Veterans with professional certification or higher levels of formal education in health or fitness have particularly attractive career growth prospects in this industry.

Health club jobs for veterans are considered among the more lucrative employment options today. These jobs usually do not require a veteran to have a formal degree in health and fitness. The working schedules can be flexible in many cases, and as an added incentive the veteran and his or her family can enjoy the club membership for free.

Other abundant careers in the fitness industry for veterans include positions such as customer service and customer service supervisors, membership sales and membership sales directors, operations managers, facility maintenance, personal trainers, fitness management, club management, lifeguards, aquatic instructors, aquatics management, restaurant management, massage therapist, child care supervisors, group fitness instructors, group fitness managers, yoga instructors, and much more.

An idea of the current prospects of fitness jobs for veterans can be seen from the fact that the leading health and fitness careers website called FitnessJobs.com currently has nearly one thousand job openings posted on its website as of May 29th, 2012.

Veterans who would like to explore the fitness industry and are looking at fitness career opportunities can obtain a free eBook called “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job – A Complete Guide to FindingYour Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” This eBook is written by Alan Cohen, founder and president of FitnessJobs.com, who is one of the top career experts in the fitness industry.  Veterans interested in receiving this free resource should contact Alan Cohen by email at: alan@fitnessjobs.com.

Veterans who email Cohen will also receive an additional free guide that pertains to interviewing for fitness industry positions. It is called the “Interviewing Tool Kit” which has 12 job descriptions created specifically for the fitness industry and corresponding interview questions to prepare and help them land the right fitness job.

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com. Check out his new eBook: “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job -- A Complete Guide to FindingYour Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.”

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How to Climb the Fitness Career Ladder?

Fitness careers have emerged as one of the most sought-after careers in recent years, with an increasing number of opportunities for career growth and development. However, you need to have a smart career strategy in place if you wish to land some of top fitness jobs during your career and make a mark in this field.

To have a comprehensive guide on how to climb the career ladder in this field, you may want to consider Alan Cohen’s eBook “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job – A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” This eBook provides excellent career advice. Cohen is one of the leading experts in the field, and the founder of FitnessJobs.com.

Is a Degree Important?

In the fitness industry, academic qualifications and training matter for specific job positions, but work experience counts more for a majority of job options. You should pursue advanced academic qualifications in fitness only if you are very clear about making fitness your career for life.

However, college is not everyone, and in the fitness industry, you do not always need a degree. You can enter the industry with a part-time job, enter into membership sales, or a service supervisory position, and go from there based on experience and performance.

Certifications

Some fitness jobs require you to have specific education, training, or formal certifications. If you are considering becoming a fitness specialist, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, aquatic instructor, lifeguard, or a racquet sports instructor, you will be required to possess specialized training or certifications or both.

However, some fitness careers and positions such as membership sales, sales director, front desk supervisor, operations manager, cafe manager, childcare supervisor, activities, spa coordinator, sports coordinator, and club management jobs do not require any formal certifications.

 Look for Mentors

 Alan Cohen says in his new eBook “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job” that one of the best strategies that can help you climb up the career ladder in the fitness industry is to find a mentor in each company that you work for.

 Invite them to lunch and let them know you are looking for a career in the health and fitness field. Seek their advice to help you land your dream job in this industry. Additionally, take advantage of opportunities to attend seminars, leadership courses, sales and marketing training sessions or webinars to gain an extra edge to increase your chances in forging a remarkable career in the fitness arena.

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com. Check out his new eBook: How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job -- A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.”

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fitness Career Compensation

Compensation is one of the key factors to consider while choosing a fitness career. Compensation in the health and fitness industry is fairly good, particularly for candidates with qualifications, skills and experience in fitness jobs that are in high demand.

One of the best resources for compensation related issues regarding fitness careers is the latest eBook by Alan Cohen, “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job – A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” Cohen has been associated with the health and fitness industry for more than 30 years. He founded FitnessJobs.com and is recognized as a career expert in the fitness industry.

 Skills and Experience

Top educational qualifications such as a Master’s degree or a PhD can lead to substantially increased compensation in the fitness industry. Recognized certifications such as NSCA, NASM, ACSM, ACE, AFFA and IDEA, Method Pilates, and YogaFit are some of the leading certifications for well-compensated fitness careers.  

Cohen suggests in his book that experience counts a lot in the fitness industry. The more experience you have in the field, the higher your earnings. Sales and marketing positions and upper level management positions are usually given to people with sufficient & relevant experience. These positions are typically the highest paid in the fitness industry.

Well-paying Fitness Jobs

Yoga and Pilates instructors can expect to enjoy highly paying fitness careers. In terms of career location, the Northeast is the best paying region for this industry. In terms of position, General Managers, Executive Directors, Senior Managers, and Owners are the highest paid.

Large-sized Employers

 Size does matter in the fitness industry when it comes to the scale of compensation. The larger, full-service clubs that generate millions of dollars a year in revenues will typically pay higher wages and offer the best benefit plans. Bigger companies that are heavy on their fitness offerings are also likely to pay well based on their sales-related revenues such as membership and personal training fees.

In the beginning, however, you can expect to receive a low salary and high commissions with large companies. Management is rewarded with decent salaries, commission, and bonus plans based on revenue performance.

 Benefits

Fitness careers with large employers also provide health and medical benefits such as a group insurance plan. However, smaller employers with less than 10 employees are not likely to offer any medical insurance at all. You may be expected pay a percentage of the insurance premium when the employer provides health coverage.

401K plans are also available in the industry, with or without employer match. Life insurance may also be offered in some companies.

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com. Check out his new eBook: “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job -- A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.”


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fitness Jobs Available Across 11 Verticals


Fitness jobs can be found across a diverse range of vertical markets today. You can begin with a job in any of the verticals, and you will remain a part of the health, fitness, and leisure industry. Fitness careers need not be confined to a single vertical for a lifetime. As your career progresses, you may move from one vertical to another, depending on your experience, personal needs, and job opportunities.


You can find in-depth information about various fitness verticals in Alan Cohen’s eBook “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job – A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” Cohen has an experience of more than three decades in the fitness industry. He is a fitness career expert of top repute, and also the founder of FitnessJobs.com.

Health Clubs

With more than 30,000 health clubs in the United States, plenty of opportunities for employment exist in this vertical. Some of the top most health club chains and multi-club operators include 24 Hour Fitness, Life Time Fitness, ClubCorp, LA Fitness, and Town Sports Intl.

Non-Profits

Thousands of non-profit recreation facilities such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, JCCs, scouting organizations, and actual hospital based medical fitness centers offer fitness job opportunities.

Park and Recreation Departments

Municipal Park and Recreation Departments provide a variety of opportunities in diverse areas: outdoor trail systems, sports leagues, golf course management, tennis court management, aquatics, water parks, community centers, and even marinas. Alan Cohen says: “Working for a park and recreation department can be a secure job as long as budget cuts don’t eliminate your position.” This is what is happening in California and other parts of America because of the sluggish economy.

Medical Based Fitness Centers

Fitness jobs in this area provide greater stability compared to individual clubs. Compensation plans are usually better and health insurance is almost always available.

Personal Training and Sports Training Studios

Sports Specific Training Studios and Personal Training studios are typically smaller and offer more personalized attention than traditional health clubs.

Private Country Clubs and Master Planned Communities

Country clubs and master planned communities provide a fabulously comfortable work environment. These clubs usually have experienced leadership, full-service amenities, excellent benefits, and provide an environment with less stress than commefcial health clubs.

Corporate Fitness Centers

Corporate fitness centers are great places to work for gathering management experience quickly. Major companies usually contract out with management companies that specialize in running corporate fitness centers.

Hotels/Resorts/Cruise Ships

Working in the hotel/resort/cruise ship industry has its own advantages and disadvantages. The work environment is typically a beautiful setting. There are a huge number of employees from all over the world, which contributes to a fun-filled environment.

Senior Living Centers

With the baby boomer population becoming the largest segment of the population, senior living facilities will be employing a variety of aquatics, fitness and recreation staff for decades to come. There are large regional and national companies that manage facilities all across the U.S.

College/University Fitness and Recreation Facilities

Almost all colleges and universities have elaborate fitness, aquatic, and recreation facilities. A great place to experience the occupation while still in school!

Ownership

Becoming an owner can be an exciting opportunity in any business, especially in the fitness industry. Most people who become owners already have successful fitness careers behind them.

Excellent information and insights about this vertical market option is provided in Alan Cohen’s eBook “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job.”

Byline:
Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com. Job seekers can search jobs for free on FitnessJobs.com. Check out his new eBook: “How to LandYour Dream Fitness Job -- A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry – the only fitness career guide you’ll ever need.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Fierce Competition for Hiring Lifeguards and Aquatic Staff for Seasonal and Summer Jobs


Lifeguarding and other aquatic staff job opportunities are primarily seasonal in nature, and usually abound in the summers. The jobs are attractive to many people because while it gives them a chance to spend the summer outdoors, it also pays quite well. As a result, the competition is fierce for these jobs in the summer time. Individuals who have access to the latest job openings in this field on a daily basis are more likely to end up with a job of their choice. 

Competition from Students

The student community is very large, and many students are looking for suitable job opportunities during their summer break. Seasonal or temporary employment as a lifeguard or an aquatic staff appeals very strongly to students. They obtain a chance to enjoy the sun, the beach and water, while earning a decent salary rate at the same time. In this poor economy, that is more than music to many of their ears.

Students are often willing to work for lower wages, which makes the job market in this field even more competitive. However, highly trained and experienced lifeguards and aquatic workers can still compete in the job market as long as they have regular access to various job opportunities that become available on a daily basis during the peak season.

Seeking Job Opportunities

Many job seekers traditionally apply directly to swimming pools, beaches, city parks and recreation departments, health clubs, country clubs, resorts, summer camps and non-profits for jobs in field of aquatic services and lifeguarding. However, this can be a time consuming process, and it is difficult to know which places may have suitable job openings matching to an individual’s skills.

In the Internet age, the traditional way of job seeking has been largely replaced with online search for suitable jobs in this field. One of the best and the simplest ways to gain access to an entire spectrum of jobs related to the aquatic service industry is to connect with an online job website specializing exclusively in this industry. Such a website will have a privileged access to a variety of current job openings through their own networks with the employers and employment agencies in this industry. AquaticsCareers.com is one such site. Job seekers can search jobs for free while employers pay to post jobs.

Qualifications and Skills

Due to stiff competition for the jobs of lifeguards and aquatic staff in summers, candidates with past experience and top certifications have a better chance of attaining superlative and intriguing jobs in this industry. Typical positions available include lifeguards, pool managers, waterfront directors, aquatic directors, and aquatic instructors. Employers may sometimes give preference to lifeguards who also have an additional expertise as swimming instructors. The most recognized certification can be acquired through the American Red Cross. Individuals who have past experience of running a pool may eventually become pool managers or gain permanent employment in the aquatics industry.

Career Outlook

Lifeguarding and other aquatic jobs are becoming increasing popular. With the baby boomer population coming into full swing, aquatic instructor positions are an expanding job market. This low impact form of exercise in a pool is extremely popular with seniors with arthritis and joint problems.  Becoming an aquatic instructor requires specific training and certifications.  Certifications can be earned at a variety of organizations specializing in aquatics. The U.S. Water Fitness Association and the Aquatic Exercise Association are just a couple of the more popular organizations to get certified.

Alan Cohen is the Founder and President of AquaticsCareers.com and  FitnessJobs.com and The Career Collection. Alan has spent over 35 years in the fitness industry and founded FitnessJobs.com 12+ years ago. Alan is passionate about the fitness and recreation industry and loves helping employers and employees connect for fruitful relationships. For more information about recruiting aquatic, fitness, recreation and spa staff call 800-259-4397.