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Life As a Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor

Job Description: Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.

What Do Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Organize, lead, and referee indoor and outdoor games, such as volleyball, baseball, and basketball.
  • Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, and bruises.
  • Promote health clubs through membership sales, and record member information.
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.
  • Organize and conduct competitions and tournaments.
  • Teach and demonstrate use of gymnastic and training equipment, such as trampolines and weights.

What Every Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor Should Know

Below is a list of the skills most Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors say are important on the job.

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Weight Training Instructor
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Fitness Attendant

Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor Employment Estimates

There were about 299,200 jobs for Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 30,000 new jobs for Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor by 2026. The BLS estimates 55,000 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor are Utah, Colorado, and New Jersey. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, West Virginia, or South Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor

The typical yearly salary for Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors is somewhere between $20,160 and $76,090.

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Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors who work in New York, Massachusetts, or Connecticut, make the highest salaries.

How much do Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $34,660
Alaska $40,580
Arizona $40,990
Arkansas $38,820
California $51,580
Colorado $46,330
Connecticut $53,530
Delaware $38,440
District of Columbia $56,670
Florida $40,790
Georgia $45,540
Hawaii $50,560
Idaho $34,040
Illinois $46,670
Indiana $32,990
Iowa $32,880
Kansas $37,260
Kentucky $36,800
Louisiana $32,620
Maine $49,640
Maryland $46,270
Massachusetts $59,350
Michigan $37,690
Minnesota $44,340
Mississippi $32,090
Missouri $36,220
Montana $34,090
Nebraska $32,890
Nevada $43,200
New Hampshire $41,130
New Jersey $54,200
New Mexico $39,010
New York $59,520
North Carolina $37,020
North Dakota $31,730
Ohio $32,960
Oklahoma $35,840
Oregon $40,840
Pennsylvania $35,420
Rhode Island $45,170
South Carolina $34,170
South Dakota $31,790
Tennessee $43,890
Texas $38,650
Utah $41,570
Vermont $46,240
Virginia $41,370
Washington $54,220
West Virginia $33,730
Wisconsin $32,030
Wyoming $34,600

What Tools do Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Sage 50 Accounting
  • Appointment scheduling software
  • DietMaster Systems DietMaster
  • BioEx Systems Nutrition Maker Plus

How to Become a Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor

Education needed to be a Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where do Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors Work?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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