Faculty: Lisa Murray (FS)
Personal Training as practiced by a Personal Trainer, Fitness Trainer, Personal Fitness Trainer, Fitness Professional or Exercise Professional is emerging as one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. The job outlook for this profession is expected to grow much faster than average. Baby boomers (approximately 78 million Americans born from 1946 -1964) are the first generation in the U.S. that grew up exercising and now they are reaching retirement age; they have the time and desire to begin or continue exercising into their 70s and beyond. Pierce College’sAAS-T Kinesiology Degree and one-year Personal Training Certificate and Athletic Coaching Certificate are designed for students seeking the academic preparation to pursue national certifications and employment in the health and fitness/coaching industries.
Students will obtain skills in health risk stratification, health and physical fitness assessments, interpretation of results and counseling, constructing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivational strategies to help healthy individuals and those with medically controlled diseases.
As the profession of personal training continues to evolve and grow, more and more employment opportunities become available. Pierce College provides an excellent foundation of formal academic training for a variety of areas other than personal fitness training, such as kinesiology, nutrition, exercise science, physical education, physical and occupational therapy, athletic training, coaching, wellness coaching and health promotion. Further education and/or certification may be required.
Professional/technical program competencies can be found on the Pierce College website at www.pierce.ctc.edu/kinesiology-outcomes.