Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

General Information

Description

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
  • Civic and Social Organizations
  • Other Schools and Instruction

Job Outlook

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors. For example, some organizations may open their own exercise facilities onsite to promote employee wellness. Other employment growth will come from the continuing emphasis on exercise to combat obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles for people of all ages. In particular, the baby-boom generation should continue to remain active to help prevent injuries and illnesses associated with aging. Participation in yoga and Pilates is expected to continue to increase, driven partly by older adults who want low-impact forms of exercise and relief from arthritis and other ailments.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$39,820

State-by-state Salary

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$58,020
$19,530
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 36%
  • Bachelor's degree 20%
  • Associate's degree 20%
  • Some college 12%
  • High school 4%
  • Master's degree 4%
  • First professional degree 4%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Psychology
  • English Language
  • Sociology and Anthropology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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