Health & Human Performance Program

Geriatric Fitness Specialist

Requirements:

  • The most important characteristic that an employer looks for in a new group fitness instructor is the ability to plan and lead a class that is motivating and safe.
  • An increasing number of employers require completion of a 4-year degree in the health or fitness field.
  • CPR certification
  • Personal trainers require additional certification
  • Most group fitness instructors require additional certification
  • A Berea College Bachelors Degree in Physical Education prepares the student for the certifying exams
  • To retain the certification it must be reevaluated every two years
  • Life-long learning is required to retain licensureObtaining a Master’s Degree is useful if an administrative or upper management position is sought.

Earnings:Median annual earnings of fitness trainers and aerobics instructors in May 2006 were $25,910.

Description:
Geriatrics refers to the clinical aspects of aging and the comprehensive health care of older persons. It is an area of medicine that focuses on health and disease in old age. A geriatric fitness specialist is a combination of a fitness worker and a physical therapist.  They are trained to work specifically with the elderly to promote physical fitness while working around the ailments of the client.

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Information obtained from: The American Geriatrics Society (PDF)

Acknowledgement
This information was collected by Iris Bahr-Winslow, Jennifer Breneman, Allen Brooks, Emily Schneider, Candy Walls, and Ebony Williams.

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