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Firstly, a formal education or a college degree is not always required, but it can be beneficial toward knowing human anatomy and exercise science. Certifications are a big part of becoming a personal trainer. CPR/AED certifications are almost always required for safety and medical reasons. Additionally, personal trainer certifications are available through organizations such as the National Federation of Personal Trainers.
The job market for personal trainers is quite robust as Americans are seeking to live healthier lifestyles and celebrity personalities highlight the benefits of personal trainers. The market for personal trainers is estimated to grow at a 10% rate from 2016 to 2026, which is above average.
Certification is the first place to start. From there, finding the right setting in your area where personal trainers are in high demand is a good way to increase your salary. Premium facilities with more luxurious amenities typically provide a higher paying clientele, as does getting into performance client (athlete) training.