10 Career Options in the Fitness Industry


Last Updated: August 30, 2022
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Today, fitness is not just about avoiding ailments; it has become a way of life. People are increasingly conscious about following a healthy diet, getting fit, having a better lifestyle, etc. We live in an age where fitness is a part and parcel of life and, therefore, has brought on a ton of job opportunities in the field.

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If you’re interested in turning your passion for fitness into a career, here’s a list of interesting fitness careers you could pursue:

1. Celebrity Nutritionist

Healthy food on the table

When Rujuta Diwekar rose to fame for being the reason behind Kareena Kapoor’s size zero figure in Tashan, it unleashed a new career option for people interested in fitness. As part of this job, you will help celebrities – especially actors who need to look a particular way for a role – attain their ideal physique. Today, Rujuta has a glittering clientele and has also penned seven books on fitness, and sold more than a million copies. If showbiz and fitness interest you just as much, consider this as a career!   

How to Become a Celebrity Nutritionist

You could pursue a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics – a three-year course – from various universities like Amity University, Lovely Professional University, Manipal University, etc. You could also pursue a diploma course in dietetics from The University of Mumbai, or VLCC Institute, Delhi. To practice as a dietician, you would have to work for six months to apply for the Registered Dietician entrance exam and get a Registered Dietician license from the Indian Dietetic Association (IDA).

Average Salary

The average salary according to Glassdoor is ₹3 Lakhs per year.

2. Apparel Designer

Woman in workout clothes

Sportswear giants like Nike and Adidas feature a variety of athletic wear that helps keep you comfortable while working out. If you’re interested in designing, you could either work for these companies or start your own line of athleisure clothes! As a sports apparel designer, you would design clothes that not only look good but also feel good. This would involve choosing the right material (spandex, polyester, nylon, etc.) and coming up with designs that don’t obstruct your movement. The best part about this career is that athleisure is now making its way out of the gym and becoming a larger part of people’s day-to-day wardrobes.

How to Become an Apparel Designer

Pursue your graduation in Fashion Designing or BSc in Fashion Technology with a major in Textile Engineering or Apparel Designing from various institutions like the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi; Pearl Academy, Delhi, or Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune.

Average Salary

The average salary according to Glassdoor is ₹7.5 Lakh.

3. Magazine Editor

Woman writing

Would you like to be the one who decides what fitness freaks should read? That is what magazine editors do! If you have a knack for writing and a passion for fitness, you can manage the fitness section of a magazine – looking at the type of articles the section publishes, who your target audience is, etc. As you grow in your field and start editing for your section, you will be the one people look to for the best fitness stories and advice. Basically, you will be the Anna Wintour of fitness!

How to Become a Magazine Editor

Pursue a BA in English Literature or a Bachelors in Mass Media (BMM) to develop your writing skills. You could even pursue a postgraduate course in Journalism and Mass Communication from institutes like Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Welingkar, etc.

Average Salary

The average salary according to Payscale is ₹3 Lakhs per year

4. Dance Trainer

People dancing

Say goodbye to the days of learning dance forms to look good at parties, and say hello to the era of dance workouts. Today, dance is a big part of fitness; from Zumba to Kathak, there are a variety of dance forms you can practice to stay fit. What makes dancing stand out from regular workouts? People can have fun and stay fit at the same time! As a dance trainer, you would help people stay fit through a varied set of dance routines. If dance is one of your strong points, become a trainer and start your own workshop, or provide private lessons. You could also work with studios like Tangerine, World Dance School, etc.

How to Become a Dance Trainer

Pursue a Bachelor of Performing Arts, a four-year course from Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Ambala, or a three-year BA (Hons) course in Dance from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

Average Salary

The average salary according to Payscale is ₹3 Lakhs per year

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5. Yoga Trainer

Two women doing yoga

Yoga is one of the most sought-after methods to stay fit, so being a yoga trainer is one of the top careers in the fitness industry. If you are a yoga enthusiast, become a personal trainer or join one of the several yoga institutes in our country as an instructor. In the past few years, yoga has also been adopted as a fitness practice by many other countries and offers good career opportunities abroad as well. As a yoga trainer, you will help people get fit physically as well as spiritually.

How to Become a Yoga Trainer

It is mandatory to be certified in order to start practising as an instructor. You can do a one-year certificate course from Mumbai University after your 12th, or a three-month diploma course from The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, Hatha Yoga School, Rishikesh also offers a certified yoga teacher training course in the form of hourly sessions ranging from 100 to 500 hours.

Average Salary

The average salary according to Glassdoor is ₹3.73 Lakhs per year

6. Personal Trainer

People working out at the gym

If you’re one of those people who is constantly working out, you can turn this passion into a career, by helping people get fit like you. As a personal trainer, you can either specialise in a particular type of training, like weight loss, body-building, etc., or you can provide overall fitness services. You would need to understand the requirements of the individual you are training, and come up with the best plan for them to get (or stay) fit. Once you have enough experience, you can even come up with your own training regimes that become the signature service you provide!

How to Become a Personal Trainer

Become a certified trainer through diploma courses from various fitness and education institutions across India, like BFY fitness institute that offers a three-month certification course in personal training, Tulip India that offers a one-and-half-month diploma course in fitness, or Integrated Fitness and Sports Institute India that offers a four-month course in personal training, etc.

Average Salary

The average salary according to Glassdoor is ₹2.4 Lakhs per year

7. Mobile App Developer

People working out at the gym

As a fitness freak, you must’ve used a fitness app at some point or the other. If you have a coding bug to go along with your passion for staying fit, why not develop your own app! You could develop an app that helps people keep track of their daily activity or an app that helps people keep a track of their calorie count. With people’s growing interest in fitness and the growth in technology, app development is a great career to pursue.   

How to Become a Mobile App Developer

Pursue a three-year Bachelor in Computer Application in Mobile Application from ITM Vocational University, Vadodara, or a diploma from Pristine InfoSolutions, Pune, they offer a 60-hour Certified Android Application Development course.

Average Salary

The average salary according to Glassdoor is ₹5 Lakhs per year

8. Kinesiologist

Doctor looking at a foot

Kinesiology is the science of movement, performance, and functions of the human body. While this concept is still developing in our country, it is extremely popular abroad. As a kinesiologist, you will help improve people’s quality of life by improving their sleeping habits and immune system through massages, acupuncture or exercise.

How to Become a Kinesiologist

To become a kinesiologist, you need a Bachelors or Master’s degree in Kinesiology or a related field, such as Human Kinetics, Exercise Science, or Exercise Physiology. You can opt for a three-year BSc in Exercise Physiology from universities like the Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Chennai, or you can apply for a two-year distance learning course in Kinesiology through the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines.

Average Salary

The average salary according to SalaryExpert is ₹7 Lakhs per year

9. Mixed Martial Arts Trainer

Woman doing martial arts

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a combat sport that doubles as a form of fitness training. With people opting for alternative fitness regimes, martial arts have come out as one of the top choices. If you are into martial arts and fighting techniques, you can become a mixed martial arts trainer. As a trainer, you would help people incorporate martial arts into their day-to-day life to stay fit. You can choose your specialisation as a karate specialist, taekwondo specialist, etc.  

How to Become a Mixed Martial Arts Trainer

Train and specialise in Martial arts through institutes the National Martial Arts Academy that offers a three-month certified instructor in Martial Arts, or Krav Maga Mortal Kombat that offers a three-month certified instructor course in Krav maga.

Average Salary

The average salary according to Embibe is around ₹2.4 Lakhs

10. Health and Fitness Blogger

Woman doing martial arts

Bloggers are considered as important as consultants when it comes to eating and living a healthy life. As a health and fitness blogger, you could post tutorial videos, list fitness hacks, provide healthy recipes, etc. With the dizzying number of health influencers, you’ll have to ensure that your content stands out from the crowd. The best way is to choose your niche and discover your style, so you can build a dedicated audience.

How to Become a Health and Fitness Blogger

A degree in Mass Communication or Digital Marketing will come in handy. You could pursue a course like BMM (Mass Media) which is a three-year course from universities like St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai; Christ University, Bangalore; Manipal Institute of Communications, Manipal, etc., across India. You could also pursue a Masters in Digital Marketing or Mass Communication from institutes like MICA, Xavier’s Institute of Communication (XIC), etc.

Average Salary

The average salary according to Talent is ₹2.9 Lakhs

We hope this post has shed light on different opportunities for all you fitness junkies out there to pursue your love for fitness! If you have any further questions or you’re confused about what career you should pursue, feel free to get in touch with us. We’d be happy to help!
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