The economy may still be tight as companies continue to slash jobs. But one field appears to be booming. The demand for fitness trainers is on the rise.
Personal trainer Cheryl Sullivan says, "Gyms are looking for people, chiropractors are looking for people, wellness centers and medical facilities are looking for personal trainers."
After years in education, Sullivan is in school to be a personal trainer. After she hurt her shoulder, she needed help from a trainer.
She says she was so impressed, she made it her second job.
She says, "I thought to myself what do I really want to do. With all my educational skills, I could apply that to personal training"
According to the Department of Labor, the number of personal trainers grew by 44% in 2010 and 2011. That's why so many unemployed americans are trying to transform their passion for fitness into a new career.
Rich Samera has been a personal fitness trainer for 6 years. But he says the need for improved health hasn't been affected by the economy.
Samera says, "Fitness isn't necessarily a fad. Someone you know is oveweright, needs help. The demand is always going to be there."
Surprisingly, the fitness industry is one of the few growing businesses since the recession began. Adding nearly ten million jobs and gym members since 2007.
And that's why Cheryl plans to become a certified trainer because of the career possibilities.
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