Q: How do I get into the fitness industry?
A: Most people working in the fitness industry have a Certificate III or IV in Fitness. So getting one of these certs would be a good start. During training for these certs, you will be required to do some practical work in a fitness centre and this is where you can build relationships that may lead to a job. Also, many training organisations that offer the Cert III and IV can help you find jobs once you obtain your qualifications.
Q: What's the best way to get a job in the sports industry?
A: Get involved in any way that you can. Volunteer, work causal or part time, anything where you will be meeting people who can help you find a full time job. Up to 60% of positions in the sports industry are filled by word of mouth.
Q: I want to be a coach. Where do I start?
A: It is not hard to find a coaching job if you are really keen, but it may be hard to get paid for it. Volunteering is the best way to gain experience, meet people and get a start in coaching. If you have played for a local club ask if you can help out during training. Coaching and working with kids can be a valuable experience and down the track may lead to a job.
Q: How old are the people working in the industry?
A: The four sectors are mostly made up of young people. The age group with the most people working in the industry is the 20-24 year olds, next is 25-29 year olds and third the 15-19 year olds.
Q: Why are careers in fitness, sport and recreation popular and why is this industry growing so fast?
A: There are three main drivers that are positively affecting the industry and creating thousands of new jobs. These industry drivers are:
- Growing Population in Queensland
- Obesity Epidemic
- Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles
Q: How is the allied health industry different from the fitness industry?
A: The allied health industry is related to fitness but is very different. The allied health industry is made up of dieticians, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, orthotists and prosthetists, podiatrists and psychologists - which is a lot more than just personal trainers, fitness instructors and other gym staff. Most of these occupations require a university degree to get in the door.