Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has three fitness schools within its city limits. Fresno Pacific University, the highest ranked school in the city with a fitness program, has a total student population of 2,668. It is the 326th highest ranked school in the USA and the 24th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Fitness students from Fresno schools who go on to become fitness professionals, sports trainers, fitness trainers, fitness instructors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 228,170 people working as fitness trainers and aerobics instructors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $35,340. Also, Recreation and fitness studies teachers make on average $60,580 per year and there are about 16,850 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Fresno area alone, there are 80 employed recreation and fitness studies teachers earning an average salary of $87,230. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors in this area earn $36,600/yr and there are 310 employed.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Fresno are held by fitness trainers and aerobics instructors, and 0/1000 are held by recreation and fitness studies teachers.
Of the 3 fitness schools in Fresno, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Fresno Pacific University comes out as the most expensive ($17,068/yr) for fitness students, with California State University-Fresno as the lowest, reported at only $5,579/yr.
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