Do you like exercising? Are you interested in helping others better their bodies? Do you enjoy talking to and motivating others? If so, you should consider becoming a personal trainer.
Why it's cool
- You make your own schedule.
- There is great potential to increase income by accepting new clients or raising prices.
- You have the satisfaction of knowing you're helping people improve themselves.
- There are options for work environment: you can work for a company, a gym, or be self-employed and work from home.
- Opportunity to work with celebrities or athletes.
Requirements for the Job
- Must be personable and encouraging.
- Must have willpower and agility.
- Physical endurance.
- Must be able to follow a flexible schedule (and be on time).
- Must be able to plan routines/ workout programs specific to the client's capabilities and limitations.
- High school diploma (or equivalent).
- Complete a certification exam.
- CPR and AED certifications.
Career Path/Average Salaries
- The average wage for 2014 was $16.82 an hour with an annual salary of $35,000. Hourly wages can be as high as $400/hr. The variation in salary depends on the number of clients and the hourly/session rate. Training celebrities or athletes can significantly impact a personal trainer's salary.
- Hours per week can vary from 10-40 hours.
- Athletic trainers
- Group fitness instructor
- Physical education teacher
You should consider this job if one or more of the following applies to you:
- You should consider this job if you score above average on some of the following Basic Interest Scales: Medical Service, Adventure, Life Science, Nature-Agriculture.
- Your JVIS Report should show one or both of the following occupation groups under your "Top 3": Sports and Recreation Occupations, Health Service Worker.
For more information contact:
- American College of Sports Medicine Certification
Phone: (800) 486-5643
- Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
15250 Ventura Blvd., Suite 200
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
- American Academy of Personal Training
Phone: (844) 305-2278
- Certified Professional Trainers Network
122 D'Arcy Street
Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 1K3
Phone: (416) 979-1654
110-225 Select Ave
Toronto, ON, Canada M1X 0B5
Phone: (800) 667-5622