Personal trainers work in gyms, health clubs, recreation centers, country clubs, schools, yoga studios and private homes. The majority of personal trailers work in fitness and recreational sports centers, and they often teach both private clients and group classes. Most personal trainers teach individual clients how to do specific exercises, and they also lead and motivate private or group clients. Their fitness training usually encompasses strength training, stretching, and cardiovascular workouts. The most common job duties of a personal trailer might include:
Demonstrating how to do specific exercises for clients
Carefully observing clients to ensure they are doing exercises properly
Planning a variety of exercise plans so that clients don't get bored with the same workouts
Monitoring each client's personal progress
Modifying workout plans for clients as they progress
Explaining safety rules
Enforcing and reiterating safety rules when clients use equipment improperly
Giving advice on nutrition and weight control when clients seek it
Being ready and able to perform first aid in case it's ever needed
Selecting music for workout routines
Personal Trainer Job Education Requirements
Most personal trailers have at least a high-school diploma or its equivalent. Many employers prefer personal trainers to have an associate's degree in a health or fitness field, such as physical education or exercise science. To gain a competitive edge and earn more desirable positions, a personal trailer should try to attain a bachelor's degree in a health-related field. Personal trainers should also take a program or courses before taking the accreditation exam. They need to work on their own physical fitness as well, because clients look to their trainers to be role models.
Personal Trainer Job Market
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will likely be a 13 percent increase in available personal trainer jobs between 2012 and 2022. That means the numbers will rise from 267,000 personal trainer jobs in the United States to over 300,500 positions. Candidates who seek as high an education as possible will be better in a position to gain employment and stay employed. If personal trainers are interested in the nutritional aspects of health, they may also choose to go on to train or receive further education to become a registered dietitian or a nutritionist.
Personal Trainer Job Salary Information
Personal trainers made an approximate median salary of $31,720 in 2012. The top workers in this field made over $66,530 per year, while the low-end average annual salary was $17,630. Personal trainers who work with wealthy private clients and celebrities, or who get a large following after helping many people see results, may be able to earn a sizeable income taking in private clients. That is sometimes more a matter of luck than hard work, but nevertheless personal trainers can earn a great salary no matter where they live in the country.