What does a Trainer do?

Trainers teach skills to people or animals to better prepare them for a specific goal including a job, activity, or sport, or to improve upon already-established skills. They meet with clients to assess their level, define the desired goals and outcomes, and create a reasonable plan that also challenges them to accomplish their goals. They provide clients with relevant materials, including schedules, routines, exercises, to help them as they work on their goals, and follow up with them as needed to check in with them and give encouragement where needed.

Trainers monitor clients' progress and adjust goals and schedules accordingly, considering factors including attitudes, achievements, and feedback. They document client progress and provide clients with updates that include starting goals and achievements alongside forward-thinking plans and goals. Trainers need a minimum bachelor’s degree in psychology, management, or related fields.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Trainer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$54,935 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$34K
Median: $55K
$88K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Trainer Career Path

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

L2
Trainer
$54,935/yr
L3
Senior Trainer
$86,158/yr
L4
Lead Trainer
$52,772/yr
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Trainer Insights

Read what Trainer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Disneyland ResortDisneyland Resort
Fairy Godmother In Training
Mar. 8, 2021

“I LOVED coming to work and the team was incredibly welcoming and supportive from day one.”

F45 TrainingF45 Training
Trainer
Jul. 2, 2020

“Everyone at my location was horribly rude and condescending and literally made fun of our members.”

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc.Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc.
Trainee
Jan. 14, 2020

“Internship wasn't very structured and I didn't know what to expect going into it”

Minmed GroupMinmed Group
Trainer
Jun. 16, 2021

“The pay is really good and I believe cannot be found anywhere else for a part”

BermansBermans
Trainee
Nov. 15, 2021

“The pay is well below the average for city firms and no incentives to progress your career”

Hyperlink InfosystemHyperlink Infosystem
Trainee
Dec. 13, 2021

“Also they are nice enough to work with schedule conflicts if there is a pandemic or daycare issues.”

Vector MarketingVector Marketing
Trainee
Aug. 29, 2020

“You get to present for people close to you to start which is great for feedback and learning tips.”

MicrosoftMicrosoft
Training Associate
Sep. 19, 2021

“You learn to be an amazing communicator if you aren’t already and I love the team that I work with.”

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Trainer Interviews

Related Careers

Training Manager
$76,975
25% skills overlap
Training Specialist
$64,608
25% skills overlap
Corporate Trainer
$47,175
38% skills overlap
Technical Trainer
$70,812
13% skills overlap

Trainer jobs

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a trainer

When working as a trainer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, MS Powerpoint, Excellent Organizational, Office Applications and Excellent Communication.

The most similar professions to trainer are:
  • Training Manager
  • Training Specialist
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Technical Trainer

The most common qualifications to become a 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.