Careers in Focus: Fitness

Are you a person who loves to get out and exercise? Do you spend a portion of each day sweating it out? If so, a career in fitness may be the ideal opportunity to combine your love of fitness with paid work. Here’s what you can expect when you join the fitness industry in Australia.

Is the fitness industry growing in Australia?

With the rise in health consciousness among Australians, the fitness sector has seen steady growth in the past 5 years. In 2018-19 alone, the fitness sector was expected to generate $2.5 billion in revenue. The setbacks to this industry with COVID-19 are hard to ignore however, it seems unlikely that the fitness industry will stay down – with health and wellness a top priority of both governments and individuals in this trying time.

A majority of fitness professionals hold a Certificate III and/or Certificate IV in Fitness. These are relatively short courses, taking around 6-12 months each depending on your course loading. Whether you’re looking at fitness as a career move or a side gig, it’s fast and simple to get the qualifications required to begin. Browse available fitness courses with Study Loans.

Career paths for a fitness qualification

Group fitness instructor

This is an ideal career move if you’re looking for a way to combine your passion for exercise with occasional money-making. Group fitness instructors are typically casual employees earning around $25 an hour. As an added bonus, you’ll get to exercise during the class yourself, which means you’re now paid for keeping fit.

Personal trainer

Personal training is one of the more variable options in this career path. Salary will depend heavily on experience level, the company you choose to work for and/or your demand with clients. From gyms to hotels and even private clients, personal training has been in high demand.

Run your own show

Whether you decide to buy a franchise or start your own personal training business, there are many options to become your own boss with a career in fitness. Fitness professionals are a creative lot too who use platforms such as social media to increase their popularity and likely, their income.

Get your start with Study Loans

As Australia’s first private student loans provider, Study Loans are here to empower all students in reaching their career goals. If you’re a domestic student who is interested in a private student loan, try our loan calculator to find out what you may be eligible for. For more information about our services, call 1800 324 909 or email

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