Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Aerobics Instructor
  • Aerobic Teacher
  • Certified Aquatic Fitness Instructor
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Exerciser
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Exercise Teacher
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Fitness Coordinator
  • Fitness Director

What They Do

  • Organize and conduct competitions and tournaments.
  • Advise participants in use of heat or ultraviolet treatments and hot baths.
  • Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, and bruises.
  • Promote health clubs through membership sales, and record member information.
  • Conduct therapeutic, recreational, or athletic activities.
  • Teach individual and team sports to participants through instruction and demonstration, utilizing knowledge of sports techniques and of participants' physical capabilities.
  • Maintain equipment inventories, and select, store, or issue equipment as needed.
  • Wrap ankles, fingers, wrists, or other body parts with synthetic skin, gauze, or adhesive tape, to support muscles and ligaments.
  • Organize, lead, and referee indoor and outdoor games such as volleyball, baseball, and basketball.
  • Plan physical education programs to promote development of participants' physical attributes and social skills.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SRE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Realistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $37,790 with most people making between $17,840 and $66,950

Outlook

2.39%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 251,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 311,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 6,000 openings due to growth and about 94,000 replacement openings for approximately 100,000 total annual openings.