Career Counselling: Are you fit for a career in physical training?

  • Usha Albuquerque, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 18, 2016 17:20 IST
There is an increase in demand for professionals like aerobics instructors, yoga instructors and personal and corporate trainers. (Imagesbazaar)

I am a trained physiotherapist with a postgraduate degree in neurology. Fitness has always been my passion and now I want to work as a weight management professional. Can you please give me the list of institutions in Delhi that offer certified courses for fitness trainers or yoga instructors?

—Suchi Mahajan

As health and fitness centres mushroom in cities, and awareness about fitness increases, a number of people have begun looking at fitness training as a possible career. There was a time when only athletes would hit the gym. Now, there is an increase in demand for professionals like aerobics instructors, yoga instructors and personal and corporate trainers.

As a fitness trainer, you will train people in different aspects of physical fitness, helping them get into shape and staying fit. You can instruct an individual or group in exercise routines such as weights, aerobics or the various machines available in a gymnasium. You will also give them basic advice on health and nutrition, including posture, change in lifestyle if required, etc. You will also be involved in designing specific programmes for people. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) offers courses in sports and athletics coaching in a large number of disciplines at its various branches, including Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Sciences (affiliated to University of Delhi).

What are the career options after BS-MS degree from Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata, other than going for PhD?

—Iqbal Shahzad

The IISERs were established to promote science education and research. So it is suitable for you to pursue research if you enjoy that as your career. Most students at IISERs gain a first-hand experience in research through internships, semester projects, year-long thesis work. They find their interests and explore them. Towards the end of the programme, if one is interested in science, one can pursue a PhD. There have been many students who have gone on to renowned universities like Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, California etc. Some students have also bagged prestigious fellowships like Rhodes for Oxford and Prime Ministers Fellowship for studies in Cambridge University.

However, if you were to treat your course as a regular BSc-MSc course, you can apply to work with organisations in industry, engineering, information technology, as well as take up jobs with PSUs, government organisations, multinational companies and so on, depending on the field of work you wish to pursue. While many scientific jobs are research oriented and are located in universities or institutes, a number of jobs involve the application of science to an industrial and engineering problem as well. You can also go for teaching.

Send your queries at ­hteducation@­ or to Career Counselling, HT Education, 1st floor, HT House, 18-20, KG Marg, New Delhi-110001. The columnist is director of Careers Smart, and author of the Penguin India Career Guides Vol 1 and 2

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