A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist is one who uses scientific knowledge to improve athletes and their performance (CSCS). They focus on implementing a correct form during a workout, and enthuse the athlete to be better.
Certifications Necessary to Practice
Bachelor's Degree in kinesiology
CSCS Exam, two parts written.
- Scientific Foundations
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certified
AED (Automated External Defibrillator) certified
Daily Activities: Nature of the Work
The CSCS works with athletes daily, attempting to improve the physical performance athletes. He works tightly along with the coaches of the athletes
A CSCS requires a Bachelor's degree in kinesiology and a CSCS test for certification
A master's degree is normally required for college level jobs.
A CSCS' salary is similar to a personal trainer's salary
- Average ranges from $40,000 to $60,000
- College specialists range from $45,000 to $75,000
- Professional is higher, but normally below $100,000
- Rarely a CSCS can reach higher, even up to $200,000
Being a CSCS requires one to be a good motivator. Some athletes will not train as hard as they should, since the workouts are rigorous.
In a fitness center, normally near weight rooms and other exercise areas available for athletes
Outlook and Fun Facts
The CSCS position is being heavily sought after by fitness clubs and programs. It is difficult to find jobs for new Strength and conditioning specialists. Teams hire specialists who have trained or interned with well known successful programs. This experience is valuable to the career, and new coaches will have difficulty competing with it.