Is anyone interested in a career in fitness and nutrition? I am considering this

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2013-03-18 17:02:40 -0500
Started 2013-03-16 12:16:21 -0500

I have been considering it for a long time. Money is a concern right now ,but I have been saving up. There are all kinds of good sounding programs in this. Wanting a career change, and I love to exercise and try to help others ,and so interested in nutrition, so maybe this is the thing for me, several friends have said I should go into this. It would be great to talk to anyone else who is taking classes, or has a career in this now. thanks

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red flower lady
red flower lady 2013-03-17 23:54:35 -0500 Report

Good for you to want to do something you like and will not only help yourself, but others. Have you tried working at a gym to get a feel for it first or maybe see if you can teach a class at the WMCA or youth/senior center? Maybe offering to do the class for free for s trial run will help you get started.

Good luck to you, you can do it:)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-16 19:29:05 -0500 Report

Tabby these classes are easier said then done and often are run by people who are out to take your money. Nutrition and Fitness classes are usually a 4 year educational process and very expensive. Many of these schools are not accredited which means your degree or certificate isn't worth the paper it is printed on.

I have a friend whose daughter went through this program at a 4 year college and she added physical therapy in the mix…Took her 5 years. She now works with a health center for people with sports injuries and loves this far better than working in a hospitals physical therapy unit. You also have to look at how open the field is for this type of employment. My neighbor is a Nutritionist and went to a 4 yr college. She had to leave the FDA because she has a lung disorder. She now works for the community association and during the summer teaches kids how to cook and how to eat healthy.

For instance, the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins both have these programs and there are a lot of people in them. This makes it harder each year for them to find employment unless they are in the top 20% of the class. Both of these schools are very expensive to attend but they are accredited. Good luck to you.

tabby9146 2013-03-18 09:50:11 -0500 Report

thanks, but this one is not like that at all, it is accredited. I am friends with someone in my community who has taken from the same school and she is doing what she loves now. thanks for your concern.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2013-03-17 23:58:01 -0500 Report

One must always do their homework before starting a project. I don't know why anyone would go to a school not accredited, like you said it's not worth it.

tabby9146 2013-03-18 09:50:29 -0500 Report

done my homework, been thinking about this and researching for two years now

tabby9146 2013-03-18 09:51:29 -0500 Report

I have an associate's degree in something entirely different and that is what I did for many years, and also worked in information technology, but even if I don't get a good job this way, and I do think I will, and not looking for big money, I will be happy helping others and doing what I love, exercise is a passion of mine.

jayabee52 2013-03-16 15:38:08 -0500 Report

Howdy Tabby

I would caution you that there are several "programs" which will take your money and quickly give you some kind of fancy sounding title, but little more. Some of those I would not wish to receive either nutition or fitness information, and certainly would not pay for services from a person from a school like that.
Should you wish to know to which schools I am referring Ask and I will send you a PM regarding those schools.

I have spoken to some folks from those schools and quite often they sound ill educated and not much more than High school level of education. OR they cook up some fantastical explanations of bodily processes but when one thinks about it, that explanation is a lot of high sounding nonsense. (more like high sounding BS — not talking about Sugar here)

A real education is quite often a lengthy process and unfortunately expensive.

It is however something which enriches you intellectually and eventually can pay your bills. My masters' degree was expensive and it took me 4 yrs beyond my Bachelors degree to get it, but was and is worth the time and money in intellectual value alone.

I pray for a smashing success in your chosen field of study.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-16 19:34:23 -0500 Report

I agree James. I was watching the news a few weeks ago and a school offering Medical Assistance Training shut down unannounced. The people mismanaged the money for years and left students trying to find a school to accept them. A friend sent her son to a private Christian High School. Their degrees were no good because the school wasn't accredited. It took her a few years to get the school board to validate his Diploma. The school board accepted the school into the system but never checked to see if it was accredited.

I can't afford a Masters Degree and want one badly. I agree the intellectual value alone really cannot be measured. I hope to one day get a Masters in Forensic Psychology.

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