Physical Fitness Specialist
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
This curriculum provides an excellent combination of exercise theory, practical knowledge, and hands-on experience. Students use a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment that is reflective of the current practice in the fitness industry. Hands-on learning experiences, coupled with assigned clients and 215 hours of fieldwork in a fitness facility, distinguish this major from all others.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
The Physical Fitness Specialist major at Penn College is one of 12 associate degree programs in the United States officially recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for fitness trainers and instructors was $31,720 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,630, and the top 10 percent earned more than $66,530.
Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Other Amusement and Recreation Industries||153,730||$18.31||$38,080|
|Civic and Social Organizations||34,170||$15.34||$31,900|
|Local Government (OES Designation)||10,250||$16.21||$33,720|
|Other Schools and Instruction||9,940||$18.11||$37,660|
|Other Personal Services||5,110||$18.36||$38,190|
*Statistics reported in May 2012
Special Admissions Requirement
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students accepted into the Physical Fitness Specialist major will incur expenses for uniforms, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.
Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.
Physical Fitness Specialist Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.