What does a Personal Trainer do?

A personal trainer is responsible for the fitness journey of clients from beginning to end. This includes listening to clients about their personal fitness goals and developing training programs to help clients achieve that goal. Demonstrations of technique and providing of tips will be a part of the job to help clients achieve their desired physical fitness state. Potential career advancements beyond the position of a personal trainer include specializing in particular fields of fitness such as strength and conditioning, corrective exercise and so on.

The minimum educational requirement to be a personal trainer is a high school diploma or equivalent followed by a personal trainer certification. The majority of companies express a preference for candidates who have first aid and CPR training together with proven experience working as a personal trainer. As this position requires one to one interaction, high standards of customer service and interpersonal skills are required.

What responsibilities are common for Personal Trainer jobs?
  • Work with clients on a one to one basis
  • Listen to a clients personal fitness goals
  • Create customized training programs for clients
  • Demonstrate training techniques and movements
  • Provide tips and advice on improving form and achieving their goal
  • Ensure safe and effective use of training equipment
  • Maintain training equipment hygiene and safety
  • Develop a good rapport with clients
What are the typical qualifications for Personal Trainer jobs?
  • Certified as a personal trainer
  • First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training preferred
  • Proven experience working as a personal trainer
  • Excellent social, verbal and written communication skills
  • Impeccable customer service and client focus
  • Strong working knowledge of fitness training and exercises
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about fitness and health
  • Maintain physical fitness levels at all times
  • Physical ability to perform exercises for long periods of time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Personal Trainer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$54,049 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$31K
Median: $54K
$93K
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Personal Trainer Career Path

Learn how to become a Personal Trainer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Personal Trainer
$54,049/yr
Senior Personal Trainer
$50,857/yr
Personal Trainer

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
20%
2 - 4
13%
5 - 7
2%
8+
65%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Personal Trainer Insights

Read what Personal Trainer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
YMCAYMCA
Integrated Fitness Instructor
Jul 27, 2021

“My immediate boss was extraordinarily nice and truly cared about the progress and the wellbeing of our clients.”

9Round9Round
Fitness Trainer
Aug 28, 2021

“Helping clients achieve their goals is great but sharing in their success is then best.”

9Round Fitness9Round Fitness
Group Fitness Trainer
Feb 9, 2021

“Starting pay is quite low and I have my fingers crossed for commissions from new memberships.”

Bohemia Experience
Experienced, Registered Yoga Teacher
Jun 1, 2021

“It is hard to get all the way up to this magical place and the salary is not the best.”

Hertfordshire Sports VillageHertfordshire Sports Village
Assistant Health & Fitness Manager
Jan 19, 2021

“There are opportunities for self development and career progression as well as a good work/life balance.”

24 Hour Fitness24 Hour Fitness
Certified Personal Trainer
May 3, 2021

“For any new trainers it is a good gym to start your personal training career in”

EquinoxEquinox
Personal Trainer
Oct 13, 2022

“The education you get here is top notch & puts you way above many other trainers in the field”

Rock Solid HealthRock Solid Health
Certified Personal Trainer
May 26, 2022

“This is a good place to work if you’re looking for more quality connections with clients.”

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Personal Trainer Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Personal Trainer

When working as a Personal Trainer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, External Defibrillator, Interpersonal and Communication and Exercises.

The most similar professions to Personal Trainer are:
  • Coach
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Sales Representative
  • Sales Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Personal Trainer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

Related Careers

Coach
$53,231
38% skills overlap
Exercise Physiologist
$70,899
13% skills overlap
Sales Representative
$48,455
38% skills overlap
Sales Manager
$70,268

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