The Highest Paying Jobs In Fitness

For many people fitness is a passion, not a job. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be. In fact, there are all sorts of fitness jobs out there that are not only fun, but pay well too. If you’ve got a passion for fitness, why not make it work for you? Here are some of the highest paying jobs in the industry.

Physical Education Teacher

Physical education is an essential part of any high schooler’s education. What’s more, the job almost entirely involves simply organizing children and getting them to exercise. Part of your job will be to show them the ropes and help them improve their skills. Who knows, perhaps one day they might end up playing in the super bowl?

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To be a gym teacher, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in a related subject. Buf if you’ve got that, you’ll be saying “hello” to a salary of more than $50,000.

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Lots of people major in kinesiology at college. But what can you do with a degree in kinesiology? It turns out, rather a lot. One of the things that kinesiology students go into is physical therapy treatment and massage. The job of a PTA is to work alongside a trained physical therapist and help patients recover from their sporting injuries. To practice in the US, you’ll need to be accredited and have a degree. If you’ve got both, salaries start at around $60,000.

Health Educator

The job of a health educator is to help people to live healthier lives. If you’re a fitness buff, that’s what you’re all about. You want to make other people stronger and fitter so that they can enjoy their lives more. Health educators go into communities and educate on the benefits of diet and exercise. They also do things like provide workshops, conferences and group sessions. To become a health educator, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree at the least. Top health educators make more than $63,000 a year.


People are constantly looking for ways to improve their performance in sport and work. As science progresses, the role of nutrition in making sure that we are at our best is becoming increasingly obvious. It’s not just about making sure that you get essential nutrients anymore. It’s also about whether you’re eating the right types of food and whether you’re getting enough “non-essential” nutrition too. Advances in the understanding of the microbiome as well as how food interacts with the body once it’s in the bloodstream is changing how nutrition is perceived.

If you want to be a part of the diet revolution, your best bet is to become a nutritionist. Nutritionists work with patients and private clients to help them improve their diet and their health. You’ll need a bachelor’s degree and a license if you want to work in a public health setting.

Salaries for nutritionists are currently hovering around the $72,000 mark. But many nutritionists make a lot more money than that through book sales. Netting a good book deal can bag more than $1 million.

Fitness Manager

It’s no secret that personal trainers get a bad deal. A client might pay $40 for the session, but the personal trainer may only take home $15, the other $25 going to the gym owner. Economics can be harsh sometime, but only if you’re on the wrong side of the deal.

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An excellent way to get more money is to skip the personal training part entirely and become a fitness manager. Fitness managers are responsible for managing gyms and increasing revenue through additional sales. Their job is to monitor the performance of the gym and their team and make sure that customers are satisfied. Currently, pay for fitness managers is high at around $74,000, although you’ll have a lot of responsibility in this role.

Health Club Director

A health club director is usually one step above the fitness manager. Their job is to oversee the gym and make sure that the quality of service that they’re providing is impeccable. Their role essentially is to make the gym a hub of the local community that everybody can enjoy in safety. You’ll be responsible for things like expanding the gym, ordering new equipment, paying wages, hiring staff and launching promotional campaigns.

You can’t just walk into a job like health club director over night. You’ll need to have a good grasp and understand of health and fitness as well as know what to do in the event of an emergency. Health club directors make around $81,000 a year.

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