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Fitness Trainers and Instructors

Fitness Trainers and Instructors
Quick Facts : Fitness Trainers and Instructors*
2010 Median Pay$31,090
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012251,400
Job Outlook24% (Faster than average)
Employment Change60,400

Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups of all ages and skill levels in exercise activities. Most trainers and instructors spend their time indoors in gyms, training centers, or clients? homes.

What Fitness Trainers and Instructors Do

  • Watch clients do exercises and show or tell them correct techniques to minimize injury and improve fitness
  • Give alternative exercises during workouts or classes for different levels of fitness and skill
  • Monitor clients' progress and adapt programs as needed
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations on sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment
  • Give clients information or resources about nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues

Work Environment

Fitness trainers and instructors work in health clubs, country clubs, fitness or recreation centers, gyms, hospitals, universities, yoga and Pilates studios, resorts, and clients' homes.
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Job Outlook

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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In May 2010 the average salary of fitness trainers and instructors was $31,090.
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Becoming a Fitness Trainers and Instructors

The education and training required for fitness trainers and instructors vary by type of specialty, and employers often hire those with certification. Most trainers or instructors need certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before applying for certification in physical fitness.
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