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Marketing Director

The marketing director is responsible for creating and developing activities that will lead to increased membership or sponsorship sales. Depending on the goals of the organization, the social market director will plan, market and manage various events or other fund-raising activities. Education. Bachelor’s degree in management, sales or marketing. Experience. It helps to have worked as an event coordinator with a sports or event organization, or to have worked in sales or marketing for a fitness company. Resume Builders. Knowledge of fund-raising organizations or fitness industry. Good organization and management skills and the ability to think of new ways to attract sponsors or members. Salary. Ranges from $15,000 for part-time positions, average $22,000, to the top $30,000.Back to top
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Member Services Representative

The member service representative is primarily responsible for increasing club membership. The requirements are broad, but the goal is to keep current members happy and bring new members in. This may mean planning membership drives, rewriting membership rules or even working the reception desk. Education. A college degree is not required, but some class work in business or sales is helpful. Experience. Work as front desk staff member or member service representative in similar industry. Resume Builders. Knowledge of fitness industry. Work with companies that have members and, thus, membership service requirements. Try to become involved in event planning for volunteer organization. Salary. Ranges from $15,000, average $22,000, to the top $27,000.Back to top
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Corporate Fitness Center Manager

More and more companies are turning to fitness centers as a means of providing an easy and relatively inexpensive job benefit to employees. Those centers can be every bit as large as a full fitness club and need someone to manage them. The corporate fitness center manager oversees the day-to-day operation, hiring and training and development of fitness programs for company employees. Education. Bachelor’s degree in business or sports and recreation. Experience. Prior club management is a requirement. Managers may also need some form of national or state body certification. Resume Builders. Work as a personal trainer for corporation that has a fitness center. While working for private club, seek to develop fitness plans for local companies. Salary. Ranges from $36,000 to $42,000. With a masters the average is $50,000- $54,000." Additional income can be derived from personal training commissions.Back to top
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Club Manager

Like the corporate center manager, the club manager oversees the day-to-day operation of the health club or gym. The must coordinate the efforts of all employees and interact with the club members and potential members. Unlike the corporate center manager, however, the club manager’s job is more tenuous, tied to the success or failure of attracting and keeping new members. Education. Bachelor’s degree in business or physical education/recreation. Experience. Prior management or work in various segments of the health club/fitness industry is a plus. Also any business, financial or management experience can only help. Resume Builders. Work with local health clubs to develop a sense of the necessary skills. Work on developing communication and organization skills. Learn the importance of interacting with customers. Salary. Ranges from $15,000, average $30,000, to the top $50,000.Back to top
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Exercise Physiologist

If there are people who seek to improve themselves through exercise, than you’d better believe they’re people to study the effects of that exercise. Determining the proper conditioning programs, the correct methods for strengthening a muscle group, which exercises benefit which athletes is the job of exercise physiologists. Physiologists study the body and how it is effected by exercise. They also work to develop exercise plans that help athletes and the rest of us recover quicker and stronger after an accident. Education. Master’s degree in exercise physiology is required, as is a PhD in most instances. Experience. Beyond the advanced degrees, exercise physiologists must spend years putting their training to work. As the experience mounts, so do the opportunities. State licensing and board certification is required. Resume Builders. While in school, most students will spend some time working for the university athletic teams. Also seek out opportunities with local youth athletic programs, other athletic teams and within private medical practices that assist athletic teams. Salary. Ranges from $20,000, average $45,000, to the top $75,000.Back to top
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The exercise physiologist studies and recommends training methods to help athletes return from injury, improve their performance and stay healthy. The nutritionist essentially does the same job, focusing instead on food. The nutritionist will work with doctors, athletes or training staffs to develop meal plans that will keep them healthy, fit and at peak performance capability. Nutritionists can influence how an athlete performs, or how non-athletes improve their own physical condition, by manipulating meal preparation and diet. Education. Bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition service systems management or a related field is a must. A master’s degree or Ph.D. may be required for additional advancement. Experience. Beyond the advanced degrees, nutritionists need state licensing and board certification. Different states have different requirements. Many hours of supervised practical experience will also be required as an internship. Resume Builders. Work with organizations that deal with food and food preparation. Develop an understanding food chemistry. Build communication skills. Salary.Ranges from $20,000, average $45,000, to the top $75,000.Back to top
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Personal Trainer

Having a personal trainer is like having a personal coach, someone with the knowledge and experience -- and the motivational abilities -- to help people reach their fitness goals. The primary function of the personal trainer is to instruct individual clients on the proper methods of exercising according their age and fitness abilities. More than that, though, the personal trainer has to be someone who can make people want to meet their fitness goals. It’s a skill that many either have or don’t, and can be hard, if not impossible, to learn. Education. Most employers, and many clients, will want someone with Personal Trainer Certification. Some clubs may also require a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology. Experience. Years of fitness work and the body to prove it. Extensive experience with various types of exercise equipment. Also work as a personal trainer for a corporate center or private club prior to starting out on your own. Resume Builders. Keep and maintain a high level of physical fitness. You body is your own best advertisement. Develop strong inter-personal skills. The personal trainer must be a motivator. Salary. By the hour, pay ranges from $25 - $500 dollars depending on client base, location and experience.Back to top
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Physical Therapist

Everybody wants to be there for the cheering, but athletes never need anyone more than they do when the cheering stops. Like after an injury when self-confidence low. The physical therapist is the person athletes can depend on for knowledge and encouragement to fight the pain of an injury and come back stronger, faster and better than before. The physical therapist has to know about injuries, how to measure degrees of injury and then recommend treatment plans. They must also know when to reevaluate and make adjustments. Education. Degree from an accredited physical therapy program. Many institutions also require a master’s degree in physical therapy, especially for those with other scientific backgrounds. Experience. Most of the basic knowledge will come from coursework and internships. Advancement may require working in various parts of the country depending on which programs or facilities specialize in a particular area of interest. Hospital, clinics, nursing homes and schools are all areas where experience can be gained. Resume Builders. Seek employment from schools or teams in smaller cities; you may have more responsibility and greater salary potential. Strive to develop interpersonal skills. You don’t have to be Mother Teresa, but a little compassion goes a long way toward healing. Salary. Ranges from $20,000, average $40,000, to the top $80,000 or more.Back to top
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Sports Psychologist

Building a successful athlete takes more than physical development. Mental development is crucial to helping athletes achieve their potential. It is the role of the sports psychologist to delve into the psyche of the competitor and free up whatever demons may be waiting. This may be as simple as teaching methods of concentration, or stress management, or self-motivation. Or it may mean just talking and listening carefully enough to make recommendations about performance improvement. To truly help athletes, the sports psychologist must have a genuine interest in and knowledge of sports. That interest and experience help build the trust necessary to make a difference. Education. Master’s degree in psychology is required, some may need a doctorate. Certification and licensing requirements may be different from state to state. Experience. When working as a sports psychologist, a background in or extensive knowledge of athletics is critical. Work with the athletic department of the college or university where you study. Seek out hospitals or clinics that have doctors who’ve worked with athletes. Resume Builders. If you can’t find an avenue through the athletic department of your school, consider designing research projects for local schools programs. Seek someone on the school board who can point you in the right direction. You might also volunteer for private athletic clubs near your home or for events when they come to your town. Salary. Ranges from $25,000, average $50,000, to the top $100,000.Back to top
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