WHAT DO PERSONAL TRAINERS DO?
Get fit. Stay fit. Get others fit. Get paid for it. Hit the showers. Personal trainers are fitness experts who lead individuals or very small groups in many forms of exercise. From Zumba to Yoga, to weight lifting and calisthenics, personal trainers work with people of all ages and abilities to make them more fit.
Personal trainers talk with their clients and to find out their exercise goals, their ability and work with them to create personalized plans for attaining those goals, which may include diet and nutrition information. As the client visits again and again, personal trainers help them track their progress. Many personal trainers work in gyms, but some will work in a client's home.
HOW MUCH DO PERSONAL TRAINERS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2010 median income for personal trainers was $31,090, or $14.95 per hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Training and certification is the most important factor to get started. Many personal trainers get started with a high school diploma, but many employers are starting to look at applicants with at least an associate's degree in kinesiology, physical education, or similar. Certification depends on what type of fitness instructor you want to be. But typically, you will need certification in whatever type of fitness you are interested in, and most gyms will want you to be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Customer Service: Personal trainers have to sell their services to people at the gym, enticing them to buy classes or sessions to get fit. Being friendly and approachable will help.
- Listening: Personal trainers need to listen to their client's needs, concerns and goals.
- Motivational Skills: Getting fit can be tough for people, and they get discouraged easily. Personal trainers need to motivate them to keep going to make the changes they need, and make them feel positive about themselves.
- Physical Fitness: Personal trainers exercise for a living. Whether it's participating in classes or showing the exercises to an individual, it's very important to be fit.
- Problem Solving Skills: Personal trainers will need to look at client's skill level and ability, and figure out the best course of action to meet their goals.
- Speaking Skills: Personal trainers need to explain how to do exercises and speak in a positive, motivating way.
THE FUTURE OF PERSONAL TRAINERS
Personal trainer jobs will grow by 24% between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS.