For some people, the size of a paycheck is the most important factor in determining a career path. For most people, however, a sizable paycheck without the intrinsic reward of job satisfaction would lead to overwhelming disappointment. So what are the intrinsic motivators that make a career fulfilling? For some, it is the satisfaction of helping others. For others, it may be flexible hours or the ability to be one's own boss. Still others look for a career in which they can make a difference for future generations. If working in a positive environment, helping others achieve their goals, making a difference in the lives of others, and still earning a comfortable salary appeal to you, then a career as a Pilates instructor can offer the career satisfaction you are looking for.
Over the last several years, Pilates has enjoyed increasing and continued popularity. Because it centers on core strength and flexibility, it is easily adaptable to fit a complete spectrum of fitness goals. Pilates can enhance the athletic performance of elite athletes, and it can improve the general wellness of adults who want to have enough stamina play with their children or grandchildren. It can help prevent injury in both professional athletes and weekend warriors, and it can be an effective system for rehab and post-rehab of injuries or medical conditions. This versatility has led to more than 8.6 million Americans practicing Pilates, a 450% increase since 2000, according to CNBC.
Pilates career opportunities are expected to continue to increase as specialized areas of Pilates grow and as the general population becomes more aware of the Pilates benefits for men. Pilates instructors may teach group classes at a fitness center or offer personal training at a Pilates studio. They may teach guests at a resort or spa, or they may offer individual training in a client's home. They may work exclusively with a professional sports team or offer sport-specific cross training for dancers, equestrians, tennis players, and other athletes. They may work with physical therapy organizations to offer safe, effective rehab through Pilates. A Pilates career is as adaptable and versatile as the exercise discipline itself.
Income opportunities in Pilates depending on the type of Pilates instruction offered and the education and certification of the instructor. As clients become more savvy about their own exercise needs and the benefits of Pilates, they look for Pilates instructors who are extensively educated. While it may be possible to become mat certified through a weekend course, most clients are going to look for an experienced Pilates trainer who is thoroughly educated and certified through a comprehensive program such as the Pilates Sports Center teacher certification curriculum offered by Master Trainer Rene Craig at Pilates Edge in Oklahoma City. This Pilates teacher training in Oklahoma is a 450 hour course offering full certification covering mat, reformer, cadillac, and wunda chair. It also provides modifications for specific populations, allowing participants to have a comprehensive education that allows them to tailor their own Pilates career path.
Though the reward of helping others is generally the most satisfying part of the job, for most people, salary is an important consideration. According to Education-Portal.com, most Pilates teachers are part-time, hourly employees, making a national average of $19.25-$34.05 per hour, achieving a total annual salary of between $37,566 and $68,230. By offering personal training, in-home training, operating one's own studio, becoming a Pilates teacher trainer, or working with specific populations, one may be able to increase his or her earning potential. Pilates career opportunities are expected to continue to increase, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipating a 29% growth in the employment of fitness professionals between 2008 and 2018.
If great hours, great pay, and great satisfaction from helping others fit your idea of a dream career, consider pursuing Pilates teacher certification in Oklahoma. Join Rene Craig and the Pilates instructors at Pilates Edge in turning your passion into a career.
Mon, May 21, 2012
by Rene Craig filed under