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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs within the fitness industry are expected to grow by 23.2 percent over the next decade.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of jobs under “fitness and recreational sports centers” reached 484,200 in 2010. By 2020, that number is expected to reach 596,300.
According to Matt Dotson, an economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fitness industry jobs are expected to grow for a number of reasons. “First, businesses and insurance companies are offering incentives for employees to join health clubs,” said Dotson. “Also, as the baby boomers age, they’re encouraged to exercise in order to counteract the effects of aging.”
In addition, Dotson attributed projected growth to the continual emphasis on young people to combat obesity, by joining health clubs and participating in health and fitness activities.
According to Dotson, personal training and instructor jobs are the occupations driving the majority of increase in the industry. Those jobs are expected to grow by 31.7 percent by 2020.
Billy Malkovich, the CEO of Mountainside Fitness clubs in Arizona, has seen the potential for industry growth first hand, particularly for personal training and instructor occupations. “I certainly believe the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ stats,” he said. “Personal trainers and instructors make up the majority of my staff. We’ve seen more growth outside of the club, as we open new locations. I open each club with a full staff already in place.
“Fitness is becoming a very attractive option for commercial real estate investments,” continued Malkovich. “The industry really has been Internet proof, because you can’t better your fitness online.”
For the full report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, visit http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_109.htm.
By Rachel Zabonick