Personal trainer

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How to become a Personal Trainer

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.

What skills help Personal Trainers find jobs?

  • Personal Training
  • Program Design
  • Physiology Knowledge
  • Group Fitness
  • Sales Experience
  • Customer Service
  • CrossFit
  • Anatomy Knowledge
  • Yoga
  • Communication Skills
  • Sports Coaching
  • Teaching Experience

Career progression for Personal Trainer

Education levels for Personal Trainers

0%2%5%45%47%Doctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Personal Trainer job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience35k37k40k43k46kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Personal Trainer in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Personal Trainers

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • AED Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Certified Fitness Instructor
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • First Aid Certification
  • Crossfit Certification
  • CPFT
  • Driver's License
  • Massage Therapy License
  • Airframe & Powerplant License
  • Physical Therapy License
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Personal Trainer

Is being a personal trainer considered an 'in-demand' occupation?

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.

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How can personal trainers increase their salary?

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.

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