Online Personal Trainer Certification: 5 Tips to Get Certified in 2 Months

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Online Personal Trainer Certification:

5 Tips to Get Certified in 2 Months

You’d probably agree with me when I say:

There are no shortcuts to fast and credible personal trainer certifications.

Or, are there?

As it turns out, there are some great ways to get a personal trainer certification, fast. And I’m not talking about those crappy, fake certifications you may have come across from the vast stretches of the interwebs.

I’m talking about a real, accredited, personal trainer certification that will get you a job at most gyms and into a personal training career that you love.

Today I’ll show you what the shortcuts are and exactly how you can get a real personal trainer certification, all online, and in as little as two months.

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Get Your Prerequisites in Order

Before you can tap into the personal training field you’ll need to get some things in order that most online personal trainer certification bodies require. For most of these agencies, you’ll need to check off the following three things:

  1. 18 years or older
  2. High school diploma or GED
  3. CPR/AED certification

More companies are requiring the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Certification along with the Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR), but these certifications are usually given together. American Red Cross is one of the primary providers of these courses and you can find a CPR/AED class near you to satisfy this necessary requirement.

Note that you don’t always have to have CPR/AED certifications to purchase most online personal trainer packages (to start your studies), you’ll just need it to become official once you do sit for the final exam.

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Choose the Best Online Personal Trainer Certification for You

In a previous post of mine on the “best personal trainer certification” I conclude the blog post with a note that the decision is very subjective and there are certain certifications that may be better-suited for certain individuals. The major factors I find that influence which online personal training certification you go with includes:

  • Accreditation
  • Price
  • CEU requirements
  • Pass rate
  • Average income of trainers

At the time I wrote that post, there was one option that I did not include because it did not yet exist. That option is the Fitness Mentors’ Online Personal Trainer Certification. As you’ll learn, it is actually the only truly and fully online, accredited online personal trainer cert. More on why this is important in tip three.

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Choose a Course that is Truly Available Online from Start to Finish

If you have begun to look at your available options for a CPT, you probably understand that you can begin to order study materials and start gaining the knowledge you need to pass the final exam with the swipe of your credit card.

What you may not be aware of, however, is that once you are ready to schedule the exam, you have to take the following, sometimes inconvenient, steps:

  1. Register for an exam
  2. Wait for the next available exam slot
  3. Drive to the physical exam location

This is not even taking into consideration what happens if you try to reschedule an exam, if you are an international student, or if you fail the exam.

The long and short of understanding all the above is this:

You want the fastest, most convenient route to becoming a certified personal trainer.

Anything that detracts from that — such as having to attend anything away from the comfort of your home — can significantly delay how quickly you are able to become certified. This is partly why the Fitness Mentors Online CPT was created; the fitness industry needed an accredited, purely online option for aspiring trainers to get certified with.

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Ensure You are Fully Prepared with Appropriate Study Guides, Practice Exams, and other Study Aids

If you are going to go through the trouble of getting a CPR/AED and buying personal trainer certification books or study materials, you might as well ensure that you pass the exam the first time around (some personal training certs charge as much as $435 to retake an exam).

For example, Fitness Mentors has created a wealth of study materials ranging from free study guides, premium study guides, audio lectures, and even practice tests to help students prepare themselves the best way possible for their exams.

Study materials that are created by previous exam takers are always helpful. There are usually a wealth of blogs online that feature stories of how people prepared for their personal trainer exam and what questions threw them into a frenzy. I encourage you to read up on these types of blogs and to look into some premium study materials that make studying and learning the material easier, and most importantly, quicker to digest.

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Set Up a Study Schedule to Retain as Much Information as Possible as Quickly as Possible

If you are setting out to study, take, and pass your online personal trainer certification course in two months, be honest with yourself in terms of how much time you can actually give yourself to studying each day.

Personal trainer certs are not made to be walks in the park; there is a lot of complex biological, programming, and business application information to learn. Truth be told, it can be pretty hard but only if you don’t study and prepare yourself the right way.

But you’re not going to have that problem are you?

As a former college professor who helped students study and prepare for their CPT, I’ve found that a dedicated student can begin studying and be prepared to take (and pass) the CPT in as little as two months.

Here is a basic outline of the strategy you can use to accomplish the same.

How to get a CPT in 2 months:

  • Dedicate yourself to reading 1-2 hours per day
  • Create your own chapter-by-chapter notes from the book/coursework
  • Use study guides to review hand-picked topics for reference
  • Use audio lectures to review the information (while driving/working out/during down time)
  • Take practice tests of each chapter
  • Quiz yourself on 5-10 chapters of the book at a time every few weeks
  • Reread study guides as you get deeper into the book
  • Quiz yourself and document the questions you miss; revisit the sections of the book of the topics you’ve missed
  • Quiz yourself lots leading up to the final week of study
  • Take a entire practice exam and write down questions you missed; revisit topics you’ve missed
  • Take official certification exam once you consistently get 85% passing score on practice exams

Get Your Online Personal Trainer Certification Started Today

There is no better time than now to get started on your personal training career. Personal trainers are consistently marked as professionals with exceptional work/life balance, with jobs that have flexible working hours, have growth potential of 13% by 2022, and just generally are more fun careers to begin with.

If you have any questions about the best online personal trainer certification option for you, your experience studying online, or anything else related to online CPTs, please let me know in the comments.

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5 Best NASM CEU Courses: Online and In-Person

Best NASM CEU Courses

5 Best NASM CEU Courses: Online and In-Person

Top NASM CEU Courses:

As a NASM-certified personal trainer you are required to recertify your CPT every two years. You’ll need to get 1.9 CEUs (19 hours) through a course or seminar to fulfill this requirement in addition to earning 0.1 CEUs (1 hour) by maintaining your CPR and AED certifications (20 total credit hours).

Just a few years ago, personal trainers only had one option for recertification and this involved finding and visiting in-person workshops. Today, trainers have the option to do their continuing education in-person or get their necessary credits online.

While in-person and online CEUs each have their pros and cons, it’s nice to have options. Here is a breakdown of the five best NASM CEU courses that includes both in-person workshops as well as online courses.

Best In-Person NASM CEU Courses

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IDEA World Fitness Convention

The IDEA World annual fitness convention provides NASM personal trainers the opportunity to earn up to 1.9 NASM CEUs during the event and during pre and post-conference workshops. There are literally 100’s of personal training continuing education courses offered (see full list here) ranging from group training classes, to gut and microbe classes, and even a class called “Seven Figure Laws of Leadership” on how to build a million dollar business.

The beauty with Idea World is that over 14,000 trainers and fitness professionals converge for one amazing weekend providing you the opportunity to network with peers, meet industry thought leaders, and learn new skills that will propel your career.

Cost: Member: $399 / Non-Member: $489 (2017 prices)

Enrollment Period: Event is once a year, usually July

CEUs: up to 1.9 NASM CEUs

Small Print: The IDEA World Fitness Convention is hands-down our favorite, however, there are lots of logistical costs you have to consider including: lodging, travel costs, travel time, and parking fees.

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NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

Our top pick for NASM-specific certifications, the Corrective Exercise Specialist teaches you how to be a trainer that can minimize injury while still focusing on strength and athleticism. Learning about muscular imbalances makes you an extremely valuable asset to your clients and often provides trainers the confidence to charge more for their services.

While the CES certification is available online, the face-to-face time you’ll get with a live person is highly recommended and is why we recommend in-person workshops over online learning for this specific class. The material is quite in-depth, meaning that you’ll likely be challenged and having an instructor next to you to answer your questions can be a valuable asset.

Cost: $699 for Self-Study or $999 for Live Workshop

Enrollment Period: 365 days a year

CEUs: 1.9

Small Print: At a price range of $699 to $999 the CES course is fairly expensive. Because the course is so intense (and lends itself well to the progression of your career), having solid CES study materials are recommended to ensure completion the first time around.

Best Online NASM CEU Courses

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FM-Certified Online Personal Trainer

There has never been a better time than now to become an online personal trainer as the world of in-person personal training has been challenged by COVID-19. The Fitness Mentors Certified Online Personal Trainer course is the best college-level course for trainers who are serious about training clients virtually.

From learning how to start an online personal training business, to learning the online mediums to sell, to generating online leads, and growing a business while you sleep, this is the ideal CEU course for the new world of online training.   

Cost: Only $699

Enrollment Period: 365 days a year

CEUs: 2.0 (or 20 hours)

Small Print: The FM-COPT fills a growing need in the personal training world due to the rules of social distancing. It is also the only online certification that is recognized by the National Board of Fitness Examiners

Business and Sales: The Guide to Success as a Personal Trainer

Successful business owners are created, not born. The often unfortunate case with many trainers is that they don’t know how to structure their businesses for success or put leads into a sales funnel, leading to their ultimate failure. The Business and Sales: The Guide to Success as a Personal Trainer was created by a successful personal trainer for exactly that reason and helps lead trainers down a path to financial growth.

Trainers have plenty of options for continuing education that have to do with physical fitness or nutrition, but little when it comes to actionable advice on how to create a system that generates sales. With coursework touching on creating a personal brand; creating and registering a business entity locally, statewide and with federal agencies; how to give away free information to get the attention of your chosen market; how to engage prospects and how to close, this class covers it all.

Cost: Only $249

Enrollment Period: 365 days a year

CEUs: 1.9

Small Print: This class provides valuable real-world business advice and might be less fun than exercise-based classes. It also forces you to be an actionable business owner, so it might not work for the moonlighting personal trainer who just wants CEUs and nothing else. At $249, this is definitely one of the least expensive NASM CEU courses out there.

Precision Nutrition Level 1

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The Precision Nutrition Level 1 course is hands-down the most well-regarded nutrition certification in the fitness industry. Adding a nutrition-based certification to your NASM-CPT will give you the confidence to make client recommendations and possibly even charge more for your services.

The other great thing about the certification is that it requires no recertification so if you get Precision Nutrition’s Level 1 cert, you’ll have it for life. You know that without proper nutrition, exercise programs won’t work to their full potential. Add this certification to your list to help your clients accomplish all their health and fitness goals.

Cost: $999

Enrollment Period: Twice per year

CEUs: 1.9

Small Print: You’ll have to read a 500-page book and time your enrollment to one of their two slots per year. Not a great option for those looking for last minute CEU options.

Bonus: Free NASM CEUs

Looking for some free NASM CEUs to round out your criteria for the two-year recertification period? As a bonus to the other five listed on this page, check out Build Your Marketing Muscle: The FREE Guide to Marketing for Personal Trainers. This coursework is entirely online and focuses entirely on marketing.

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NCSF Certified Strength Coach

Just as Precision Nutrition’s Level 1 is the most highly regarded course of its kind in the nutrition industry, the NCSF Certified Strength Coach course is true to athletic training. If your goal is to work for a university or at the professional athlete level, it is likely you’ll be required to have this exact certification as a prerequisite for getting the job.

The coursework covers sport-specific training for America’s most popular professional and college sports, and also covers exercise techniques, how to design sport-specific programs, and organizational and administrative elements that are essential in professional environments.

Cost: $475 plus study materials

Enrollment Period: 365 days a year

CEUs: 1.9

Small Print: Detailed and loads of science so mentally prepare to study. 

Best NASM CEUs Recap

Furthering your continuing education is a requirement, but shouldn’t be viewed as one. Rather, NASM CPTs should view this obligation as an opportunity to further their interests in fitness and training and increase the ways in which they can help their clients. If you are unsure how to go about choosing the next CEU course for your career, we invite you to consider the “three P’s:

  1. Purpose: How will you use the knowledge you learn from a specific course or workshop?
  2. Population: Who will benefit from the new skills and education you receive? Is this the target population you want to work with? Is the population you want to target abundant in nature?
  3. Passion: Will you actually enjoy learning about this topic?

If you have questions about which NASM CEUs are right for you we would love to help. Leave a comment, call (424) 675-0476, or email us directly. We are always here to assist you in choosing the most successful path for your fitness career.

For more information on becoming a successful personal trainer click the below link and check out our business and sales course.

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Special Needs Personal Trainer

Strong Education offers an online personal trainer certification program to work with the special needs population. Personal trainers can earn up to 2.4 NASM CEU’s upon completion of their online special needs certification courses. Their courses teach trainers and professionals how to work one on one and in group settings with the special needs population.

Most specialty certifications only provide education on a specific demographic. This course is unique because it is one of the only courses that provides the foundational knowledge to work with various conditions, including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and more.

Cost: $449 per course or $799 for All Courses

Enrollment Period: 365 days a year

CEUs: 2.4

Small Print: It’s online only. For people who prefer hands-on training, it’s not a great option. However, the course does come with several training videos that are quite helpful.

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Recently there has been a lot of interest around the quality of food and how that might affect the body. We wanted to share with you a lecture delivered by Fitness Mentors CEO, Eddie Lester to help clear up some confusion around how foods exist in nature and how processing xenical 120 mg might be an issue. His recent visit to California State University Long Beach was to help students understand how certain foods might work for you, while some might work against you.

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The 5 Best Continuing Education Courses for Personal Trainers

The 5 Best Continuing Education Courses for Personal Trainers

The 5 Best Continuing Education Courses for Personal Trainers

We all know this to be true:

If you know more about your craft, you can further assist the people paying for your services.

The Fitness Continuing Education scene can be pretty confusing. It is dominated by the large fitness education companies trying to kindle your spending by stroking your eagerness to learn new and exciting fitness topics. Let us help you unravel this confusion as we explore the purposes of continuing education and give you our 5 most recommended courses and/or seminars.

Learning more about the TRX can create better strategies for stability training, but this matters little if your main clientele is Crossfitters. Make the right choice on building your credentials based on the following three factors:

  1. Purpose: Why are you choosing a specific course or seminar? What will you use it for?
  2. Population: What type of client will benefit from the skills or knowledge you will attain? Are they abundant? Is this the population you want to work with?
  3. Passion: Do you enjoy learning about this topic?

Analyzing these factors will allow you to make proper decisions based on your career and training goals.

Furthermore, there may be different reasons you are now looking into continuing education. Some of you may have procrastinated and are now desperate for last minute CEU’s that you need for your recertification. On the other end you might be eager to continue learning and growing in your craft, and have all the time in the world. Some of our recommendations below may be good for the short term and inexpensive, while some require big bucks, time and travel to complete. Choose based on your timeline and budget needs as well.

LAST TIP:

It is important to understand if you are new to the game your continuing education focus should be on one thing: Business. Other education is not needed unless you have what it takes to build a sustainable career. This is one of the biggest mistakes made by new trainers and contributes to the failure of over 50,000 fitness pros per year.

Below we have laid out 5 of our most highly recommended continuing education courses for recertifying your CPT. For further ease we have listed the pros and cons of each course.

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Certified Online Personal Trainer

The Fitness Industry is rapidly changing. COVID-19 came in and destroyed the conventional path of the fitness professional. With gyms being closed for many months, people turned to online options to continue getting their workouts in. This forced change created so much discord for personal trainers but also created something that will reshape the career path of all trainers: consumer trust in online fitness training

For the trainer that is ready to take advantage of this newly formed trust the Certified Online Personal Trainer Certification teaches you how to train clients online, build every aspect of your online services, get 5-10 new online clients per month and truly help people achieve their health and fitness goals online.

Pros:

  • More Personal Freedom
  • More Financial Freedom
  • Online Trainer Mentorship Available for Personalized Help
  • Ensure Your Future Job Security
  • Help More People
  • Offer New Services to Grow Your Revenue Streams
  • Contains all the CEU’s you need to recertify your CPT Certification

Cons:

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Precision Nutrition Level 1

If you are looking for the current most prestigious certification in the Fitness Nutrition scene, Precision Nutrition’s Certification is your go-to.

The course feels like a college level class as it requires the reading of a 500-plus-page textbook. It is an at home course that allows you to study at your own pace. The content focuses on a two headed approach, nutritional coaching and nutritional sciences.

Once finished with this course you will feel confident in addressing nutrition with any type of client goal. One thing that makes this course less attainable is that the cost is high. It also only has two enrollment dates per year which may be bad for those of you looking for a quick way to get the CEU’s needed for recertification.

Pros:

  • Most respected nutrition certification in the fitness industry
  • College level learning and structure
  • Go at your own pace online
  • Contains all the CEU’s you need to recertify
  • Teaches nutrition coaching as well as the nutritional sciences
  • Your name gets listed on the PN directory for qualified trainers

Cons:

  • $1000 (expensive)
  • Only enroll twice a year (next is April 13, 2016)
  • Mainly government backed nutritional science (not much on newer strategies).

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Business And Sales: The Guide To Success As A Personal Trainer

Business and Sales Your Guide to Success as a Personal Trainer

Business and Sales: The Guide to Success as a Personal Trainer, will teach you a system all about generating leads and closing client sales. With an emphasis on ACTION, this course will teach you how to create the necessary documents and tools that lead to creating an easy road to success. It will also teach you how to maximize your income through online personal training softwares like gymGO. The value from a course like this far surpasses that of other topics in continuing education, as the knowledge you attain goes directly toward financial gain.

Getting new clients and closing sales can be tough. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a system, to combat this difficulty. Most trainers mosey about the gym and wait for people to make eye contact, with the intent to spark up a conversation. Although this may lead to a new client here and there, taking action and relying on a proven system will create boundless opportunity.

The course is $199 and it is an online, home-study course. It can be completed relatively fast for those of you in need of last minute CEUs.

REMEMBER: You can be the most educated personal trainer in the world, but if you don’t have any sales technique or clients your education is pointless.

Pros:

  • Only $249
  • Contains all the CEU’s you need to recertify
  • Home study which allows you to go at your own pace
  • Build your business step by step from the ground up
  • Actionable documents to assist your business processes
  • Learn how to increase sales
  • Great for new trainers and experienced trainers
  • Will build the most value to your resume when being hired at a commercial gym
  • The best business and sales certification in the industry
  • Receive the title of Fitness Sales Specialist (FSS)

Cons:

  • Forces you to take action and create your business
  • Might be less fun than learning exercise based continuing education

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Pain Management Specialist

The Pain Management Specialist certification is absolutely one of the best certifications to have. It forces you to understand origins of pain based on postural analysis and teaches you how to fix it.

My biggest concern with my own training was learning how to always progress in strength, athleticism and body image, while avoiding any training associated injury. NOTE: If you don’t have efficient flexibility and muscle balance, you are on your way to creating an injury.

When taking the Pain Management Specialist course you learn about all the issues in flexibility and movement patterns that can lead to injuries.

You can also build a ton of value describing why someone might have pain or a nagging injury. Explaining to someone how their overactive hip flexors are giving them that back pain they have had for years, and then immediately assisting them in alleviating that pain via stretching goes yards for an initial impression.

It is an at home study course which allows you to go at your own pace and you have one year to complete it from your purchase date. The final exam is a bit tough but forces you to know your stuff, which is good thing for you and your clients.

Pros:

  • In-depth education on posture and causes of pain
  • Learn the corrective exercise continuum for treating postural imbalances
  • Great for assisting older clientele in pain management
  • Best corrective exercise certification available
  • Contains all of the CEUs needed for recertification
  • Increase your practical knowledge of muscles
  • Receive the title of Pain Management Specialist

Cons:

  • Cost is $299 
  • Final Exam is a bit challenging
  • The study hours that need to be put in are more than other courses.

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NSCA Certified Strength And

Conditioning Specialist

The NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist is the most prestigious athletic conditioning certification in the fitness industry. In fact, it is so prestigious, it is required by almost all college and professional teams to work as a conditioning coach.

The content is quite expansive and covers everything you would need to know about training the most popular sports like Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Track and Field; and other major sports. The textbook is massive (750+ pages) and can be intimidating, but typically if you are going after this certification your passion will encourage your reading. One downfall to training athletes is that it is typically not very lucrative. Don’t expect this certification to make you more money.

Pros:

  • Needed to train for a college or professional team
  • Most prestigious athletic conditioning cert in the industry
  • Great content for learning about athletic conditioning.

Cons:

  • $475 + materials (expensive)
  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree to sit for the exam
  • Lengthy study hours and massive textbook
  • 210+ question, very difficult final exam
  • Requires you to take further continuing education every 2 years

You have a lot of choices when choosing your continuing education courses and we hope this settles some of the confusion. Remember to apply the three factors to your decision making process. We believe the above five courses will bring the most value to you and your business.

If you have any questions we would love to hear from you. Contact us via comment, call (424) 675-0476, or by using the contact button on this page. We are always here to assist you in choosing the most successful path for your fitness career.

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It seems that the more technology we introduce into our lives the harder it is to disconnect and spend time doing the things we like with the people we love. Increasingly, we are becoming more connected and the responsibilities of work are taken home with us, seemingly always just an email away, making it hard to balance the time we should be relaxing with the time we put in at our jobs.

While we would imagine a world where technology allows us to be more productive the reality for many is that we are working longer hours, having less fun on the job, are stressed out and lack the flexibility we need from our jobs to spend time doing other things that are important.

In fact, nine out of ten Americans feel that they don’t have the flexibility in their jobs to meet their families’ needs and over half feel that they could perform their jobs better if they were allowed a more flexible schedule. It is, for this reason, why many Americans are seeking employers that offer more flexibility or are leaving jobs that don’t offer their desires for a good work-life balance for careers that do.

Below is an informative infographic on Careers with Great Work-Life Balance to showcase what many data-driven and opinionated articles cite as the best jobs for a happier work-life balance.

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Indicators of Work-Life Balance

Just what do American’s look for when seeking careers with great work-life balance? According to the OECD Better Life Index, six of the major indicators are:

  1. Total hours worked per week– this is an obvious one, but the fewer hours worked per week the more favorably a job is looked at.
  2. Fun rating– some jobs are a lot more fun than others and many careers actually provide this type of balance within the job.
  3. Average pay– pay is an important consideration for any career and for those people who want a job with great work-life balance and good average pay, these professions should be considered.
  4. Growth potential– upward mobility is important to many professionals and is a major factor when deciding a career path.
  5. Flexibility– having a schedule that is flexible is becoming more and more important to many individuals.
  6. Stress– finding a balance between work and stress can be a career decision that makes you happier and healthier.

The Top Jobs for Work-Life Balance

According to career website Glassdoor and our own analysis of jobs with great work-life balance, some of the most promising careers that meet this criteria include:

  • Lifeguard– while saving lives is no joke, lifeguards enjoy flexible schedules, casual environments such as the beach or a swimming pool, and are highly regarded by society.
  • Data Scientist– ranking at the top spot of Glassdoor’s list, the data scientist is in high demand, boasts great pay, and is integral to the success of their employers.
  • Personal Trainer– personal trainers consistently come up on lists of professionals with a great work-life balance due to their flexible working hours, benefit to society, and low-stress jobs.
  • SEO Specialist– another career that is in high demand, the SEO specialist helps rank websites in search engines and can virtually work from anywhere there’s an internet connection. This makes it highly appealing for business travelers and those that like to see the world while making a living.
  • Social Media Manager– the social media managers job is to create fun, engaging content across their clients’ social networks and can also work from nearly anywhere.
  • Hollywood Stuntman– the most fun job on this list, the Hollywood stuntman is no stranger to excitement and hanging with celebrities.
  • Solutions Architect– a solutions architect is one of those jobs no one knows about but wishes they did because of the high pay and ability to work remotely.
  • Dental Hygienist- coming in hot for one of the best part-time jobs as well as a great job for working moms, this jobs offers great flexibility and pay.
  • Hair Stylist- according to career site CareerCast, the hair stylist has the least stressful job of 2015 and has considerable job growth opportunities.
  • Tour Guide- another job with low stress and that tends to be a lot of fun, the tour guide is a top job for those seeking great work-life balance.

Best Jobs Under 40 Working Hours

Per Week

According to financial website 24/7 Wall Street, the airline pilot has the best job with the highest pay and most time off. Working about half of what most consider a full-time job at 21 hours, these professionals have a median annual income of over $100k and can make as much as $139,330 per year.

While pilots work the least and make a great income, personal trainers should also be mentioned on this list. With the ability to set their own hours and rates (if they are self-employed), the typical personal trainer works less than 40 hours per week and still makes a respectable median salary, all while helping others design and carryout effective workout plans.

Fun Rating

Along with working with celebrities, hanging on the sets of exciting action and adventure movies, and doing crazy stunts like crashing Ferrari’s, getting set on fire and doing martial arts with kung-fu experts, stunt men can make as much as $250,000 a year if in high demand.

Another job that easily makes our list of top jobs on the fun scale is a video game tester. These professionals test for bugs while playing video games and can make as much as $55k each year. Does anyone remember Grandma’s Boy?

Best Average Pay

If you’re seeking a job with great work-life balance but want a higher xenical xenical orlistat average pay than most, check out the solutions architect position. These professionals have a median salary of $112k and a solutions architect in a TechCrunch interview said it’s not uncommon for him to get shot in the face by a NERF dart while on the phone with a customer. Money and NERF darts? Where do I sign up?

Growth Potential

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A great work-life balance can mean different things to different people. For some, the ability to have a lot of opportunity for upward mobility or income is very important. For those who value growth potential in their careers, consider jobs in either mobile applications development or personal training.

The personal training industry is speculated to grow 13 percent through 2022 and the salary increase of a mobile applications developer is forecasted to grow 10.2 percent each year.

Flexibility

Is flexibility in your work hours something that’s important to you? Check out these professions that offer considerable flexibility in specific sectors:

  • Best telecommuting or remote job: SEO Specialist– these professionals can work from home, the beach, or anywhere there’s internet.
  • Most flexible schedule (hours determined by worker): Consultant– consultants don’t have employers that dictate specific work hours making this an extremely flexible job.
  • Best freelance job: Graphic Designer– for the self-employed contractor, perhaps there is no better job than a graphic designer.
  • Best part-time job: Dental Hygienist– working less than 40 hours a week and still making decent money is why a dental hygienist position is so appealing.
  • Best short-term or seasonal jobPhotographer– if long-term obligations aren’t your thing, consider a career as a professional photographer.

Stress

Stress can lead to headaches, elevated blood pressure levels, and trouble sleeping according to WebMD. Our jobs can often be the center of these problems which is why many job seekers look for jobs with low stress levels.

A hair stylist is a career with considerably low stress and offers job growth in the area of self-employment. A career as enlisted military personnel has been identified as one of the most stressful careers for obvious reasons although this job is held in very high esteem by society and us at Fitness Mentors in particular. Big thanks to our troops!

Best Work-Life Balance by Background

When considering work-life balance in careers we also wanted to identify with a few popular sub-sectors of professionals. What we found was that the following three professional-types were increasingly looking for jobs that offered great work-life balance:

  1. Working Moms
  2. Business Travelers
  3. Digital Nomads

Best Jobs for Working Moms

Working moms have a lot going on. They have to take care of a lot of household responsibilities as well as the kids and also provide for their families. The two best jobs that help working moms maintain a good work-life balance are jobs that offer considerable flexibility as well as attractive pay.

According to Monster.com, two of the best jobs for working moms are a dental hygienist and fitness trainer. Dental hygienists can often work part-time or very flexible hours so that they have time to tend to their family lives. Similarly, fitness trainers can create their own schedule and make a competitive hourly pay if they are motivated.

Best Jobs for Business Travelers

Do you love to travel but think that a permanent career means that you’ll be glued to your desk? Think again, Business News Daily identifies a travel agent and traveling nurse as two excellent jobs for jet-setters.

Part of a travel agent’s responsibility when providing sound vacation advice is to actually have firsthand experience with the suggestions that they make. This means travel is a work requirement and can be written off as a business expense while also allowing you to form relationships with luxurious resorts or dining destinations that might actually compensate you for recommending their properties.

Traveling nurses make Business News Daily’s list of great jobs for people who love to travel because the position allows you to move from location-to-location, enjoy great pay and benefits and a rewarding career that is always in demand.

Best Jobs for Digital Nomads

If you work in the digital realm and like the idea of being able to set up shop anywhere, a digital nomad lifestyle is for you.

Topping work and travel website Global Goose’s jobs that allow you to plug in and get it done are jobs for web designers and SEO specialists. Building websites is a skill that is in high demand and if you have a good reputation it could mean the work will continue to allow you to live your nomadic lifestyle how you want.

A similar profession is the SEO specialist, a digital professional that often works as a marketing consultant or with a team to help clients achieve superior search engine rankings. Both these jobs allow you to work on a laptop and travel as you please.

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What Does Work-Life Balance Mean

to You?

There are lots of jobs out there that afford you great work-life balance, but the definition is subjective. Before you quit your job or pursue one of the above ask yourself what type of balance is most important to you and you’ll have a good idea of jobs that may or may not fit that criteria.

In the end, you’ll be happier that you opened up your life to spend more time with the people that you love and doing the things that make you smile.

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