With more and more of us taking better care of ourselves and getting fit, health club manager is a job of choice. This dramatic increase in jobs in the fitness industry is set to continue. Running a gym or fitness centre requires certain skills, so if you want to see if you could become a health club manager with yours, read on.
A manager is in charge of all aspects of running a facility, so needs to be well organised, and able to work well with others. But how do you become a health club manager? If you already have a degree, you may be able to get a graduate training position with one of the larger private sector employers. This will give you the chance to get the necessary experience while studying for professional qualifications offered by the Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management and the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management.
If you don't have a degree, you can still train on the job and study for relevant qualifications, working your way up through trainee or assistant positions while working on qualifications such as City & Guilds, Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) and Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ) courses. Whichever route you follow, you will need to have work experience in the fitness sector - experience and qualifications such as lifeguard, or sports and fitness training are always an advantage.
There are also several bachelor's degrees now available, including a BA (Hons) in Sport and Fitness at Thames Valley University, and a Foundation Degree in Beauty Therapy at the London College of Fashion. These courses will also offer work placements in a variety of environments and experiences to allow students to identify potential career opportunities and develop a network of contracts.
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