I run a post rehab and fitness program for injured employees at UC Irvine.
I am lucky enough to have a job where I can literally roll out of bed, go straight to work (to workout), then shower and get ready for my day. I spend 2-3 hours responding to emails about anything from special fitness programs, to guest speaker requests, to correspondence with the trainers and instructors who work for me. Some days I set up for special events, or write workout and fitness programs. It's ever changing, which is why I enjoy my job so much.
Personal Training Certification, varied internship experience, i.e. physical therapy office aide, sports enhancement, general fitness, elderly populations, and after school fitness programs.
Here's the first step for college students
Be an intern! 9 times out of 10, I hire someone who worked really hard as an intern. Get yourself out there. You may think that you have no time in your schedule to volunteer or intern for a university recreation center, private gym, fitness center, or sports enhancement facility, but even just a few hours a week will get you ahead. Potential employers want to see that you've been proactive about your future career by making sacrifices and doing the things others aren't willing to do.
"You should make sure you're going into an area of study where you will get paid enough to earn a decent wage."
Finding a job these days in the fitness industry that pays more than 40K per year is very difficult for someone with only a Bachelor's degree. I went back to school for my Master's degree, in part, because I could not find a job that would allow the level of living my parents expected of me. It was difficult to face that reality and know that even with a Master's degree, I still might not find a job where I made a "decent wage," which my dad would say to be at least 60K or more.
I had to backtrack a bit a re-learn how to budget better because no one had ever really taught me. I wish I'd had help dealing with financial aide.