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Industry body IHRSA has released it’s latest report looking at pay and employment in the US fitness instructor market. Kristen Walsh reports
n February, IHRSA released the US Fitness Professional Outlook, a report that analyses trends in the fitness instructor market. Employment growth for fitness professionals since 2003 was examined, along with compensation trends, certification requirements, and key drivers for continued progress. “By all accounts, the prospects for fitness professionals are positive,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive VP of global products. “IHRSA estimates there are 409,000 fitness professionals in the US, and anticipate the number will continue to grow as consumers seek expert guidance with health, wellness and sports goals.” Multiple sources forecast growth in the number of fitness professionals. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts the number of recreation and fitness workers will grow by 10 per cent between now and 2026, while IBISWorld, an independent research firm,
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estimates growth in the number of fitness professionals, particularly those specialising in yoga and Pilates. The increase in demand for fitness professionals runs parallel with the growth of the health club industry, with membership increasing significantly, from 33.7 million in 2001 to 57.3 million in 2016.
DRIVERS FOR GROWTH
“Fitness professionals play a critical role in club growth and profitability,” says Melissa Rodriguez, IHRSA’s senior research manager. “Personal training, small group training and group exercise instruction increase non-membership revenues and enhance the member experience. For members, one-on-one interactions with trainers and instructors contribute to retention.” Although health club employment and career opportunities have been expanding, there are many