Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

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.

Median Annual Wage: $34,980

Education: Post-secondary certificate (36%); Associate's degree (20%); Bachelor's degree (20%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Personal Trainer; Aerobics Instructor; Fitness Instructor; Group Fitness Instructor; Group Exercise Instructor; Fitness Coordinator; Fitness Director; Fitness Trainer; Fitness Specialist; Yoga Instructor

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  • 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.
  • Advise clients about proper clothing and shoes.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors.

  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors.

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