Don't let vendor certifications make your head spin. Here's how to ace the right exams. Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't live without certifications. You can argue until you're blue in the face that years of experience outweigh any multiple-choice test result. But one fact remains: Many companies choose their technical partners by virtue of their certifications. So deal with it. Skeptical? Consider two recent research reports. The first report, "The IT Certification Training and Testing Market" from International Data Corp. (IDC), says the certification trend is only going to grow. Another study, written Clifford Adelman, a senior research analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, emphasizes that certification—rather than a computer science degree—is gaining importance within the IT community. But consider your options wisely. With the right combination of certification, expertise and experience, your project whiteboard will be filled for years to come. With the wrong … [Read more...] about Certifiably confused?
Ace group fitness instructor
Have you ever thought about pursuing a career or starting a business in the health and fitness industry? If you're passionate about nutrition, exercise and helping others, it could be a great option for you. Health and fitness coaches do everything from helping people fix their eating habits and get in shape, to training athletes and helping people recover from injuries. It's a rewarding and flexible career that allows you to improve people's lives, but that doesn't mean every moment on the job is a victory. Just like with any other career path, there are pros and cons. Business News Daily asked health and fitness coaches and trainers to share what they love and hate most about their jobs. Here's what seven professionals had to say. Business News Daily: What do you do? Jaime Kenworthy Sutton: I'm an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) group fitness instructor with my own business in Philadelphia, … [Read more...] about 7 Health and Fitness Pros on What They Love (and Hate) About Their Jobs
The fitness industry is booming today. New gym franchises are opening, more Americans are joining health facilities and many individuals are pursuing personal training as a career.Most establishments that hire fitness instructors require various forms of certification or training, and the job necessitates a specialized skillset. Keep reading to learn what it takes to become a personal trainer.As a trainer, it's your job to teach clients how to use equipment, eat a nutritious diet and live an overall healthy lifestyle."Personal trainers work with clients to address functional- and/or performance-based physical goals, while teaching them to be safe and effective in their workouts," said Alysa Boan, certified personal trainer. "Depending on your trainer's specializations, specific goals can range from weight loss, to improving balance and functionality or targeting athletic performance."Some personal trainers work as group or specialized fitness instructors. They choreograph and lead … [Read more...] about How to Become a Personal Trainer