(Last Updated On: 05/04/2017)

Fitness Trainer Jobs

Fitness Trainer Job Description

Fitness trainers lead and motivate people as they perform exercise activities.

Some fitness trainers are able to choreograph their own classes, meaning that they select the music and routines that their class should follow. Others (particularly at gyms and health clubs), are provided with routines that were created by other organizations.

Some fitness trainers work with their own clients, rather than working for a gym or health club. When they start working with a new client, the trainers evaluate their abilities and learn about their goals. Then, they develop a training program tailored to the individual.

Fitness trainers should be knowledgeable about exercise techniques as well as nutrition, and adapt their instruction based on their client’s abilities. Suggesting new exercises, correcting bad habits, and demonstrating new techniques and forms are all part of fitness trainer jobs.

Work Environment and Schedule

Most fitness trainers work for gyms, fitness centers, and health clubs. If you’re looking for a job as a fitness trainer, don’t limit your search to just those businesses, though. Hospitals, universities, and resorts also hire people in this occupation.

Both part time and full time positions are available for fitness trainers. Some people in this occupation do it to supplement the income they earn from a different full time job, while others dedicate their entire career to fitness training.

Because most people go to the gym before or after work, fitness instructors often have to work early mornings, nights, and weekends.

Nearly ten percent of fitness trainers are self-employed.

How to Become a Fitness Trainer

The requirements for becoming a fitness trainer vary depending on the type of training you want to do. Though it’s not always required, a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in kinesiology of physical education can be very helpful.

If you are interested in pursuing a long-term career in fitness, you should seriously consider getting a bachelor’s degree. Even though you might not need it to get your first job, your opportunities for advancement will be limited without one.

Most gyms and health clubs require fitness trainers to be certified. Here is a list of accredited certifying organizations.

To become certified, you will have to pass an exam. Exams have two parts: a written part, and a practical part. These exams are used to measure knowledge of physiology, exercise techniques, and fitness programs.

Normally, the certifying organization will provide the training materials that you need to study for the exam. While taking some formal classes can be helpful, they are not required to successfully complete the most exams. Advanced certifications do require a college degree, though.

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Employment Outlook

There are currently 251,400 fitness trainers in the United States, with 10,060 new fitness trainer job openings created each year.

Fitness Trainer jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Fitness Trainer Salaries

Overall Salaries

Fitness Trainer salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most fitness trainers make between $19,800 – $46,100 per year, or $9.50 – $22.18 per hour.

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