Personal trainer

8 hot jobs to snag in 2012

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8 hot jobs to snag in 2012

Job: Personal trainer.
Average annual salary: $44,030.

Fitness has become an important part of many people’s lives.

“We’re living longer and want to stay healthier,” career counselor Roy Cohen says. As a result, more personal trainers are needed. Some work for health clubs, while others are self-employed and work one-on-one with clients.

As America ages, older people are turning to personal trainers to help them stay physically active. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine in Chandler, Ariz., people at least 18 years old with current certifications in emergency cardiac care and automated external defibrillator, or AED, can become a certified personal trainer after completing a short study program online and passing an exam.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates personal trainer jobs will increase by 37 percent by 2018.