Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors

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What do they do?

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities for the primary purpose of personal fitness. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Develop and implement individualized approaches to exercise.

Also known as:

Aerobics Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Consultant, Fitness Instructor, Fitness Specialist, Fitness Technician, Fitness Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Group X Instructor, Personal Fitness Trainer, Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Private Trainer, Wellness Coach, Yoga Instructor

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors is projected to grow 17 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 17.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #12 in job growth rate
  • 2,940

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #8 in net job growth
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Majors that prepare Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (2.7%)
  • Master's degree (12.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (44.8%)
  • Associate's degree (9.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (19.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (8.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (2.1%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Gross Body Coordination - The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without "giving out" or fatiguing.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Evaluate capabilities or training needs.
  • Develop educational or training programs.
  • Teach exercise or fitness techniques.
  • Enforce rules or regulations.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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