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The Commercial/Corporate Fitness Option in the Sport and Wellness Leadership is designed for students intending to pursue careers of leadership in the fitness industry, primarily in commercial, corporate, community, or clinical outlets. Employment in these areas of professional activity continues to improve, with strong career development opportunities. Students completing this concentration are well positioned for entry-level leadership opportunities in the field. Some positions in the fitness industry are enhanced by graduate study. To improve employment potential, students are encouraged to obtain external certifications and participate in a variety of experiential learning opportunities available at RU
STUDENTS OFTEN ASK
can I do with a degree in Commercial/Corporate Fitness?
of this program have found employment in the areas of health promotion as
personal trainers, group fitness/wellness instructors, or fitness/program
directors. They often find
positions in community fitness centers/athletic clubs (e.g. YMCA) or as program
coordinators for corporate, clinical, or hospital-based fitness programs.
Students may easily advance to graduate programs in health related
fields. Graduates typically administer fitness tests, conduct exercise
prescription, oversee equipment purchase and orientation, supervise personnel,
conduct public relations and marketing, and conduct workshops on a variety of
health, fitness, and nutrition topics.
academic skills and strengths should I possess to be successful in commercial
A strong background in the exercise sciences (physiology, psychology, kinesiology) and the biological sciences academically prepare undergraduates. Coursework in leadership, management, marketing, program development, exercise testing/prescription, technology, and organization/administration also help prepare students for career advancement in the fitness industry. Special skills and certifications are encouraged (e.g. ACSM, ACE, CSCS) as well as experiences working with fitness testing, exercise prescription, and personal training. Each student completes an intern program which provides valuable employment.
are the academic requirements, such as grade point average or minimums to take
The minimum grade point average required to enter fieldwork (internship) is a 2.10 overall and 2.50 in the major. Fieldwork placements are enhanced when students have already pursued volunteer experience and special certifications in the field.
courses may enhance my career opportunities in commercial/corporate fitness?
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