By Hannah Martinez

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

- a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, or CSCS for short, is a professional who applies scientific knowledge to train athletes to improve athletic performance.

- The general duties of a specialist is to conduct athletic-specific testing session while designing and implementing safe, effective training and conditioning programs. They also provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention.

Employment Trends!

- In 2010, it was estimated that there are 251,400 jobs as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, including similar jobs like Instructors or Fitness Trainers.

- The prediction is that the rate of jobs is growing with a rate of 24% in the next decade.

- These Specialists are usually employed at Universities, the occasional high school, or a company may employ them.


- It is always good to have experience in this field. Playing sports, working out, and being healthy is needed to set a good example for the athletes.

- Personality-wise, having a teaching, motivating attitude is wanted for this job. Athletes need someone on their side, who understand, but came push them to their limits when needed.

- A Bachelor's degree (kinesiology is an ideal major)or higher is needed.A chiropractic medicine degree is acceptable though. Also, for a collegiate job a CSCS Certification is needed.

Schools and Earnings

- The top two colleges for Kinesiology are Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania and Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

- In the beginning, there is a starting salary of $33,000-$34,000, but the average salary for this job is usually $40,000-$47,000.

Common Injury

- The only common injury related to this profession is a muscle strain. the overstretching or lack of stretching causes a muscle strain. Most often symptoms are things like limping, muscle pain, inability to walk properly, and not being able to reach a full range of motion. ways of treating this injury is to rest, ice , and when the athlete has reach a more manageable state, begin training slow and rebuild the muscle once more. The most important duty is to prevent further damage.


Being a Strength and Conditioning Specialist is a very rewarding job, because it's helping others become better at what they love. Training takes hard work, and dealing with some big time athletes must be cool. It is very serious a lot, because while you're teaching, you're also trying to prevent injury. You need to be tolerable, motivating, and patient with the athletes. You can't just sit back and tell people what to do. You need to get involved with the athletes, no matter how much they may hate you for pushing so hard. I know a few people with professions like this too. I also know that they get a lot of questions like "what kind of protein shakes should I drink" or like, recommendations on diets. I remember after a strenuous work out, the coach was talking to a girl about why she wasn't working harder than this. So, in these professions, a CSCS needs to be motivating and willing to teach, but at the same time pushing the athletes. Also, be up to date about nutrition and health.

Personally, I want to go into a field similar to this. Things involving health and the body interest me, but i am still undecided about my future. I am not considering this as a career though, because I want to go more deeply into the medical field. Maybe deal with more injuries than a CSCS would. Don't get me wrong, its a wonderful profession, but not completely for me.


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