This program of study is designed for students who are seeking a high-level education as a personal trainer and/or who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, and Health & Wellness. The program combines a broad foundation in the liberal arts and sciences with technical courses in the emerging and expanding field of Exercise Science.
Graduates of the program will be encouraged to sit for exams to earn nationally recognized certifications as personal trainers (CPT) and/or group exercise instructors (i.e. ACSM, AFAA, NSCA), providing a beginning credential for those who choose to seek gainful employment as Personal Trainers or Fitness Instructors at local health clubs and fitness centers.
According to O*Net reports a projected job growth in this field between 2019-2029 of about 15% with 66,400 annual job openings nationally. O*Net reports for New Mexico job growth in this field between 2018-2028 greater than 17% with 310 job openings annually statewide. This is great news, as it is higher than the national average.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019-2029 employment projections