Becoming a strength coach can be one of the most rewarding career decisions you make. Here are some compelling reasons why:
You have the opportunity to positively impact people’s lives.
As a strength and conditioning coach, you will help athletes reach their fitness goals and improve their quality of life. You will see the positive changes that occur in athletes and clients as they reach new levels of strength and fitness. Additionally, strength and conditioning coaches train athletes with the purpose of improving athletic function so you will play an active role the the success of each individual athlete as well as the success of the team as a whole.
You can make a great living.
Strength coaches can earn a very good salary, especially if they work with elite athletes or at high-level institutions. In 2022, Oklahoma State’s Rob Glass became the first collegiate strength and conditioning coach to cross the $1 million salary threshold. Additionally, there are many opportunities for advancement and career growth in the field of strength coaching, which leads to our next point…
You can be your own boss.
If you are certified as a strength coach, you have the option to open your own business and be your own boss. This allows you to set your own hours, choose your own clients, and make a great income doing something you love. Having the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential allows you to work in Division I collegiate strength and conditioning rooms, but also gives you the ability to hang up your own shingle and work as an independent professional. While a few strength and conditioning coaches make the big bucks in high-profile football programs, being a self-employed professional can be extremely lucrative for highly motivated individuals that have the ability to generate business.
You can work in a variety of settings.
Strength and conditioning coaches can work in a variety of settings, including gyms, sports performance facilities, colleges and universities, corporate wellness programs, and more. This allows you to find the perfect fit for your skills and interests. While many strength and conditioning coaches dream of working in big athletic programs, don’t underestimate the ability to earn in less conventional settings. Shift athletic performance to injury prevention and employee wellness and you can potentially have a thriving practice catering to corporate and industrial workplaces.
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