Personal Trainer Career Field

Personal TrainerPersonal trainers work with individual clients or small groups in gyms or a client’s home to assist them with their physical fitness workouts. They assist their clients in understanding their current fitness level, setting new fitness goals, and reaching those fitness goals. Trainers often demonstrate exercises and help customize their client’s workouts. They can also give their clients advice on how to modify their lifestyle outside of the gym to improve their health and fitness level.

Educational Requirements & Licensing Requirements

High School Diploma}
Specific Fitness Type Certification (Several Weeks to One Year)
Associate’s Degree in Health and Fitness (2 years)
Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Fitness (4 years)

Personals trainers need a high school diploma. Many gyms and fitness companies look for trainers who have certifications in the given fitness area that they would like to do training in. To work for a large professional fitness company, a bachelor’s degree in health and fitness or even sports medicine is becoming the new standard or an associate’s degree.

Educational Courses

Fitness and health management
Physical fitness for disabled students
Recreational leadership
Fitness lessons for students of all ages

Employment Statistics

Jobs Available In 2008: 261,100
Projected Number job openings in 2018: 337,900
Average annual salary for Personal Trainers in 2008: $29,210 (Don’t include earnings amounts for self-employed personal fitness trainers.)

Great Colleges

Eagle Gate College
Liberty Univesity
Argosy University
Kaplan University
Keiser University


Related Careers

Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers
Dietitians and nutritionists
Physical therapists
Recreation workers

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