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Seize The Opportunity In A Growing Industry

Careers for personal trainers, exercise science & kinesiology specialists, nutrition coaches, and fitness professionals are expected to grow through the year 2030 at 15 percent or higher (much faster than average) with projected job openings of 69,100 in the U.S.1

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Why Bryan?

Looking for a career where you can stay fit and change lives? A personal training and professional fitness career provides both. It all starts with the right skills, knowledge and credentials, which Bryan University’s programs give you. We fast track you to success – so you can launch your career and start making a difference sooner.

Employment Opportunities Abound

Health and fitness professionals, exercise specialists, nutrition coaches, and certified personal trainers have a range of opportunities for employment. From corporate settings to healthcare facilities to high-energy gyms and fitness centers, there’s a work environment for all personality types. Examples include:

  • Sports and athletic teams
  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Corporate fitness centers
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Self-employment

Attractive Income & Careers

In the growing field of personal training, exercise, nutrition, and fitness, an education from Bryan University can put you on the path to varied job opportunities in a rewarding field. As a certified fitness professional, each day provides the opportunity to enhance the health and well-being of others in careers such as:

  • Certified Personal Trainer – become a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as part of the Bryan University curriculum. If you already received a NASM or ACSM credential, you may qualify for transfer credit and a tuition discount.
  • Group Fitness Instructor/Group Exercise Instructor – conduct effective group exercise classes for various modalities offered at fitness centers.
  • Sports Performance Coach/Athletic Conditioning for individuals – design resistance training and cardiovascular exercise prescriptions for athletes to achieve performance-oriented goals. Provide motivation and corrective feedback.
  • Corrective Exercise Trainer – conduct health screenings and physical fitness assessments of clients who have experienced an injury and who have been medically released for independent physical activity.
  • Certified Nutrition Coach – maximize your client’s success by providing nutrition coaching strategies based on food preferences, culture, and physical training demands.
  • Certified Personal Trainer for Specialty Populations – learn advanced training techniques for those with disabilities, chronic disease, injuries, youth, and more.  Work in a gym setting, as an independent contractor, or self-employed.
  • Physical Fitness Educator – help students successfully achieve their program requirements and career competencies.
  • Sports Performance Coach – coach a high school sports team or individual athletes by effectively implementing goal-setting, action planning, and communication & motivation strategies.
  • Fitness Studio/Gym Owner – be your own boss and run your own gym or fitness studio by utilizing your business acumen and entrepreneurial skills learned in class.
  • Exercise Director/Club Manager – open doors of opportunity into managerial positions at commercial fitness centers.

Learn Skills that Employers and Entrepreneurs Need

With accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), Bryan University is dedicated to maintaining standards in education. But that’s just the beginning.

The programs at Bryan University are based on current competencies outlined by national certification organizations such as NASM, ACSM, and NSCA, so you can be assured of learning the skills employers need. You'll have the option to earn a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor's degree with the option to take your courses online so you can study from the comfort of home. Combine this with professional third-party fitness certifications and you'll have the skills that employers need.

A Bryan University education includes the following competencies, among others:

  • Learn core skills in exercise science, kinesiology, fitness, nutrition coaching, and personal trainer certification preparation
  • Design and implement energy balance and weight management strategies
  • Gain skills in foundational, advanced, and sports-specific exercises and movement patterns
  • Learn sports coaching, athletic training, sports and exercise nutrition, and gym operations management
  • Perform fitness assessments and develop fitness programs for the general population, athletes, and specialty populations
  • Learn the psychology of motivation and goal achievement
  • Coach others on rest, recovery, and corrective exercise strategies
  • Design and conduct group exercise and small group training programs
  • Develop critical business skills you’ll need to succeed in today’s competitive environment

Valuable Benefits Included at No Extra Charge

  • Personal training, nutrition coach, and group exercise certifications are included with the program tuition
  • All books, technology, and courseware are included with the program tuition
  • Start and finish fast - accelerated programs
  • Job placement assistance from our Career Services team

Several Programs to Choose From

Bryan University offers programs at the certificate, associate degree and bachelor’s degree level. Our programs allow you to specialize in various areas depending on your career goals, such as:

  • Personal training for the general population and specialty populations (e.g., diabetes, pregnancy, or heart disease)
  • Group exercise instruction
  • Exercise science
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition coaching
  • Physical education
  • Fitness management
  • Fitness entrepreneurship

Attend from the Comfort of Home

At Bryan University, we believe that success in the field of personal training, exercise, and fitness demands a different approach to education. That’s why we built a more innovative, interactive learning environment that is personalized to your needs. You’ll receive:

  • Live webcam interactions with instructors and experts right from home (webcams provided to all students)
  • Collaborative networking with peers
  • Adaptive learning using an interactive engine that helps you learn and retain more
  • Performance reports to help you track your progress and stay on top
  • Timely, targeted coaching and feedback personalized to your needs

10 More Reasons to Choose Bryan University

  1. Tuition Lock Guarantee.
    We lock your tuition rate once you enroll, plus your tuition goes down the longer you’re in school. Financial aid available if you qualify.
  2. Books, Courseware, & Certification Included.
    We take care of shipping your textbooks and provide you easy access to electronic courseware. Plus, we help prepare you for nationally-recognized certifications.
  3. Focus on Employment.
    You’ll graduate with a degree targeted for a specific job market and earn skills that match employers’ needs.
  4. Job Placement Assistance.
    As a graduate, you’ll receive career placement services, including job networking best practices, sharpening your interview skills, and creating an eye-catching resume.
  5. Learn by Doing.
    You’ll develop real-world skills by completing simulated job tasks and using industry technologies.
  6. Return for Refresher Classes.
    As a graduate, you’ll have the privilege of auditing previously completed courses still being taught—at no charge—to keep your skills sharp.
  7. Accelerated Programs.
    You can get started – and finish – fast.
  8. Faculty Who Put You First.
    Our faculty provide you with personalized, individual attention and support.
  9. Welcome Kits Included.
    Once you enroll, we provide you a welcome kit package to ensure you’re ready to start school.
  10. History of Excellence.
    We have a 82-year track record of preparing graduates for successful careers since 1940.

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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021-22 Edition, on the Internet at Also see Sites visited 1/15/2022. Also, job market conditions are dynamic and can change. This data is not intended to predict the market conditions that will be present when you graduate from your program and may differ based on your geographic location and other factors. Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.