Aerobics Instructors and Fitness Trainers

Fitness Trainer Leads Workout

Aerobics instructors choreograph and teach aerobics classes of varying types. Classes are geared toward people with general good health as well as to specialized populations, including the elderly and those with specific health problems that affect their ability to exercise. Many people enjoy participating in the lively exercise routines set to music.

Depending on where they are employed, fitness trainers help devise health conditioning programs for clients, from professional athletes to average individuals looking for guidance. Fitness trainers motivate clients to follow prescribed exercise programs and monitor their progress. When injuries occur, either during training or sporting events, fitness trainers determine the extent of the injury and administer first aid for minor problems such as blisters, bruises, and scrapes. Following more serious injury, trainers may work with a physical therapist to help the athlete perform rehabilitative exercises.

There are approximately 241,000 aerobics instructors and fitness trainers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Teach aerobics classes; devise health conditioning programs for clients; motivate clients to follow prescribed exercise programs and monitor their progress
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large cities
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Volunteer or part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Business Management
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Instructor Trainer, or Health Club Director, or Head Athletic Director
  • Experienced Aerobics Instructor/Fitness Trainer
  • Entry-Level Aerobics Instructor/Fitness Trainer

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