Want to get your career off to a healthy start?

If you have a passion for health and fitness and want to share it with others, join the next cohort of fitness professionals at San Diego City College!



What is the Fitness Specialist Program?

The Fitness Specialist Program prepares students for immediate entry-level employment in the growing fitness industry, with the skills necessary to design and lead safe, effective, and creative individual and group exercise programs to meet the needs of a diverse population.


Program Highlights

It's fast! Complete the program in as little as 9 months (if you begin in the fall).

It's affordable! Most courses are only 2 units.

It's hands-on. Combines in-class learning with practical, hands-on experience in the field.

It's comprehensive. Prepares students for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and other national certification exams.


Career Options

Graduates are qualified to be personal trainers, group fitness instructors, exercise testing technicians, strength training coaches, and fitness center and health club employees.


Occupational and Salary Outlook

The Regional Labor Market Assessment of San Diego County predicts a 21% increase in jobs for fitness workers between 2015 and 2020. This is an average of 233 yearly openings in San Diego.


Median hourly wages of fitness trainers and group exercise instructors in the San Diego County area is $20.62/hour or approximately $47,500 a year (based on 2015 wages).  Self-employed trainers and those with advanced degrees can earn greater than $60,000 a year (American Council on Exercise Salary Report).


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