Fitness is the new cool. Generation Z is preparing for the long haul. They hope to be on their feet for many decades to come — and to be looking just the way they look now. Young and well turned-out —50 is the new 30.

At $3.7 trillion and growing (as per Global Wellness Economy Monitor, January 2017), global wellness is a high growth sector to work in. Career in fitness and mind-body training, health foods, health tourism, alternative medicine, anti-ageing and, of course, weight loss, are promising.

Fitness trainers

Perhaps, the best-looking specimens of our species outside of showbiz, fitness trainers are the sleek and well-toned leaders of the fitness revolution. They focus on exercise and muscle health, including cardiovascular training, strength training and stretching. They design fitness programmes, connect with clubs or fitness centres, reach out to potential clients, run fitness classes and monitor their clients’ progress.

Personal fitness trainers
work one-to-one with those who can afford them, to build and achieve short-term and long-term fitness goals. They often work with celebrities to maintain body tone.

Group fitness trainers
work in clubs, spas, health resorts and community centres to run regular fitness lessons across age groups. Some may set up running, cycling, and fitness groups, with large sponsored events as well as branded fitness gear.

Specialised fitness trainers
advocate a whole system of fitness that includes nutrition, exercise and philosophy. They could specialise in yoga, pilates, martial arts, and so on. Yoga and pilates instructors conduct group and individual classes. Martial arts trainers are often practitioners with professional fighting experience, who now teach.

Nutritionists or dieticians

Trained in the science of eating, these professionals have intimate knowledge of how our body uses food. They study catabolism (how the body breaks down food) and anabolism (how the body repairs and creates cells and tissue), food groups, body types, nutrition cycles, deficiencies, and food allergies.

Clinical dieticians
may work with hospitals to plan patient menus according to their dietary goals and restrictions. They may work with specialised patient groups such as diabetics, those with renal or liver diseases, children with food allergies, and so on.

Nutrition managers
work with organisations that serve food on a large scale, manage menus and take steps to avoid large-scale contamination of food or the spread of food-based illnesses. This includes working with large hotels, school canteens, hospitals, office cafeterias, health resorts and spas.

Public health nutrition
includes working with the government to design public health policy in government schools and define minimum health and nutrition standards for children, lactating mothers, or others impacted by the public health system.

Educators and researchers
work with think tanks and universities designing training curricula for nutritionists, examining policies and their effectiveness, and researching the role of nutrition in handling diseases.

Private consultants
work with people across ages and professions to provide one-to-one guidance on making and managing a personal nutrition plan.


Fitness trainers and nutritionists working with hospitals, clubs, hotels and so on get


between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 40,000 per month at the starting level; when they work with gyms and clubs they could earn about Rs. 1 lakh a month. As they take on more managerial and revenue generating roles, salaries rise.

Personal trainers and nutritionists who work with individuals can charge anywhere between Rs. 500 to Rs. 1 lakh for a session. Personal trainers of repute charge between Rs. 1.5 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh per client per month. Sounds too wide a range? Of course, you need to be a celebrity trainer with high-profile client credentials to demand those kind of rates! Aamir Khan bulking up for “Ghajini” or Bhumi Pednekar rapidly losing 30 kgs after “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” will give you a view of the challenges involved here.

Institutes for sports science

Institute of Sports Science and Technology, Pune, Maharashtra

Delhi University, Department of Sports Science

School of Applied Health Science, Manipal University, Karnataka

Institutes for nutritional science

Lady Irwin College, Delhi University

Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi

The writer is the author of
The Ultimate Guide to 21st Century Careers
. She leads Inomi, a career and college guidance firm.

At $3.7 trillion and growing (as per Global Wellness Economy Monitor, January 2017), global wellness is

a high growth sector

to work in.


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