Personal Trainers

Personal trainers, often known as fitness trainers, assist people with exercise, weight training, weight loss, nutrition, and medical rehabilitation. During one training session, or over a period of several sessions, these instructors teach their clients how to achieve their health and fitness goals. They train in the homes of their clients, their own studio spaces, or in health clubs. There are approximately 238,170 fitness workers, including personal trainers, working in the United States, either independently or on the staff of a fitness center.

Quick Facts
Duties Discuss health and fitness goals with clients and create a customized plan; motivate clients to reach goals; provide instruction on techniques to maximize benefit and limit potential injuries
Alternate Title(s) Fitness Trainers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physical Education
Experience One to two years' experience recommended
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Helpful
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Personal Training Director
  • Personal Trainer
  • Group Fitness Instructor

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