Fitness Careers for Shy People

If you love fitness but would describe yourself as shy, don't count yourself out of working where you love. Although many jobs in fitness involve working with people, others have more limited exposure, making your career in fitness a possibility.

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Fitness Career Options for Shy People

Although working in the fitness world usually means interacting with people, that doesn't mean you can't find a job in this field if you are shy. There are many things you can do with fitness. Below you will find some career options in fitness for shy people.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Fitness Blogger $50,868 (for all bloggers)** 2% (for all writers and authors)
Mystery Shopper $69,040 (for all business operations specialists, all other) 5% (for all business operations specialists, all other)
Personal Trainer $38,160 (for all fitness trainers and instructors) 8% (for all fitness trainers and instructors)
Yoga Instructor $38,160 (for all fitness trainers and instructors) 8% (for all fitness trainers and instructors)
Lifeguard $20,290 (for all lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers) 7% (for all lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers)

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, ** (2017 salary)

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Fitness Career Information for Shy People

Fitness Blogger

Fitness bloggers are blog writers whose content is focused on the fitness world. Bloggers often work from home, posting articles to their own website or websites of others looking for their contributions. Bloggers do not need an education credential, although exposure to English is helpful for producing strong writing. Bloggers make money through advertising and traffic to their sites. A fitness blogger would be able to do the fitness they love with having to talk to anyone face to face, which is fitting for a shy person.

Mystery Shopper

Mystery shoppers are employed most often on a contract basis to do covert research for marketing companies. They pretend to be normal, everyday shoppers when they visit retail and other business locations, but their purpose is to tell the marketing company about their experience with an evaluation. Mystery shoppers might get the opportunity to go to fitness centers, and many times they can do their shopping over the phone or online, allowing shy people to work in a fitness capacity without having to exert themselves too much. No formal education is necessary, but they do need good communication skills for writing their reports and talking to employees.

Personal Trainer

Personal trainers instruct others on how to use proper equipment and get into a fitness routine that best benefits their bodies. They usually work one-on-one or in small groups of clients, making this an option for shy people who want to work in the fitness industry. Personal trainers need at least a high school diploma and possibly certification.

Yoga Instructor

Yoga instructors are considered group fitness instructors, and they demonstrate how to do yoga poses for a group of people. Yoga instructors can work in private yoga studios, teach yoga classes at gyms, or even perform yoga in instructional videos. If a yoga instructor is able to teach small classes and gets to know their students, this can be a good career for a shy person. Yoga instructors usually need at least a high school diploma and to be certified.


Lifeguards are trained recreation protective service workers who ensure the safety of the people swimming in their pool or at a beach. They are trained in many different emergency functions, such as pulling victims from the water safely and being a first responder to an emergency. Lifeguards need to be physically fit to perform these duties. In addition, they also take pool chemical readings, make sure patrons follow the rules, and maintain pool equipment. Since a large part of their job involves sitting alone in a guard chair above the water, this job works for shy people. There is no education requirement, although certification in CPR and first aid is usually required.

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