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Description: what do they do?
Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.
Also known as:
Fitness Instructor, Fitness Specialist, Fitness Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor, Fitness Director, Yoga Instructor, Fitness Coordinator, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor

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    Transcript: Want to be at the head of the class? Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors are leaders of all their classes, leading exercise groups at health clubs, exercise studios, and other facilities. They demonstrate correct exercise form and the proper use of equipment. These teachers also instruct students on weight training, flexibility, aerobics, and other workout styles, often developing programs for people with special needs or goals. Aerobics instructors plan routines that work different sets of muscles and combine a high-energy sweat session with music. The job may require maintaining equipment and keeping records, as well as promoting membership and enrollment in a gym or health club. Good communication skills and an approachable manner are essential; some positions may require expertise in weight control and nutrition. Running several classes a day requires stamina and energy, so it's expected that you be in good physical condition. Many instructors work in the field part-time. Instructors often enter the field with experience in fitness classes, dance, or other sports disciplines. Certification in first aid, and in a fitness field such as personal training, weight training, or aerobics may be required. Becoming a fitness trainer is a great way to share your commitment to an active lifestyle.
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Outlook: will there be jobs?
Image. Employment outlook for this occupation
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

This occupation is:
  • Expected to grow much faster than average


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    • An Average outlook means that a small number of new job opportunities are likely in the future (less than an 8 percent increase)
    • A Below Average outlook means new job opportunities are less likely in the future

    You can also view local job listings in this field by clicking "Find job openings" above. This can help you see if local businesses are hiring—another way of looking at demand.

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Projected employment
Massachusetts
12,050
2016 Employment
13,140
2026 Employment
9%
Percent change
2,190
Annual projected job openings
United States
299,200
2016 Employment
329,200
2026 Employment
10%
Percent change
55,000
Annual projected job openings

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    State-level data come from Projections Central and each state's Labor Market Information office.

    National-level data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, 2016-26.

Typical wages

Annual wages for Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors in Massachusetts
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LocationMassachusettsUnited States
10%$26,230$20,160
25%$38,030$25,780
Median$54,770$39,820
75%$75,940$56,760
90%$99,920$76,090


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Education and experience: to get started
People starting in this career usually have:
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • No work experience
  • Less than 1 month on-the-job training

Programs that can prepare you:

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    This information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections Education and Training Data.

Typical education
How much education do most people in this career have?
Chart. Percent of workers in this field by education level attained

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Certifications: show your skills
Let employers know you have the skills to do well at this job.
Earning a certification can help you:
  • Get a job
  • Get a promotion

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    When you click "Find certifications" you'll see a list of national certifications that are related to this career. From there, you can learn how to achieve one of these certifications to help you enter or get ahead in this field.

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Licenses: do you need one?
Some states require an occupational license to work in this career.

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Apprenticeships: learn on the job
Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job-training with classroom lessons.

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Activities: what you might do in a day
  • Teach exercise or fitness techniques.
  • Develop educational or training programs.
  • Evaluate capabilities or training needs.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Enforce rules or regulations.
  • Teach health or hygiene practices.
  • Organize recreational activities or events.
  • Administer first aid.
  • Perform basic equipment maintenance.
  • Maintain supply or equipment inventories.
  • Distribute resources to patrons or employees.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Promote products, services, or programs.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Provide medical or cosmetic advice for clients.
  • Administer therapeutic massages.

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    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET’s Detailed Work Activities.

Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Instructing - Teaching people how to do something.
  • Service Orientation - Looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Understanding people's reactions.

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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Gross Body Coordination - Moving your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving.
  • Stamina - Exercising for a long time without getting out of breath.
  • Trunk Strength - Using your lower back and stomach.
  • Extent Flexibility - Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Oral Expression - Communicating by speaking.
  • Speech Clarity - Speaking clearly.
  • Dynamic Strength - Exercising for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

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Interests
  • Enterprising - Occupations with Enterprising interests frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. Many involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Social - Occupations with Social interests frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. Most involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Realistic - Occupations with Realistic interests frequently involve practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Typical tasks
  • Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness.
  • Plan routines, choose appropriate music, and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants' capabilities and limitations.
  • Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.
  • Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement.
  • Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed.
  • Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion.
  • Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines.
  • Teach and demonstrate use of gymnastic and training equipment, such as trampolines and weights.
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.
  • Provide students with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.
  • Conduct therapeutic, recreational, or athletic activities.
  • Administer emergency first aid, wrap injuries, treat minor chronic disabilities, or refer injured persons to physicians.
  • Maintain fitness equipment.
  • Teach individual and team sports to participants through instruction and demonstration, using knowledge of sports techniques and of participants' physical capabilities.
  • Plan physical education programs to promote development of participants' physical attributes and social skills.
  • Maintain equipment inventories, and select, store, or issue equipment as needed.
  • Promote health clubs through membership sales, and record member information.
  • Advise participants in use of heat or ultraviolet treatments and hot baths.
  • Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, and bruises.
  • Organize and conduct competitions and tournaments.
  • Organize, lead, and referee indoor and outdoor games, such as volleyball, baseball, and basketball.

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