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39-9031.00 - 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.

Sample of reported job titles: Aerobics Instructor, Fitness Coordinator, Fitness Director, Fitness Instructor, Fitness Specialist, Fitness Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan routines, choose appropriate music, and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants' capabilities and limitations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Teach and demonstrate use of gymnastic and training equipment such as trampolines and weights. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide students with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct therapeutic, recreational, or athletic activities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Administer emergency first aid, wrap injuries, treat minor chronic disabilities, or refer injured persons to physicians. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain fitness equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advise clients about proper clothing and shoes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Teach individual and team sports to participants through instruction and demonstration, utilizing knowledge of sports techniques and of participants' physical capabilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan physical education programs to promote development of participants' physical attributes and social skills. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain equipment inventories, and select, store, or issue equipment as needed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Promote health clubs through membership sales, and record member information. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy — Balance boards; Balance disks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cross trainers — Elliptical trainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Exercise balls — Medicine balls; Weighted exercise balls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Exercise trampolines — Fitness trampolines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fitness weights — Fitness jog belts; Free weights; Water ankle weights; Weighted swim vests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jump ropes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lower body resistance machines — Lower body weight machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical tape measures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mercury blood pressure units — Manual blood pressure cuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microphones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • MP3 players or recorders — MP3 players See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pedometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pilates machines — Pilates training equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable stereo systems — Multi-speaker stereo systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resistance bands — Exercise bands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resistance tubes — Exercise tubing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rowing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skinfold calipers — Body fat measurement calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stair climbers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stationary bicycles — Stationary exercise bicycles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Step aerobic equipment — Exercise steps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Treadmills — Physical conditioning treadmill exercisers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Upper body resistance machines — Upper body weight machines See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — Intuit QuickBooks software; MYOB BusinessEssentials; Sage Peachtree software; Sage Simply Accounting See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Calendar and scheduling software — Appointment scheduling software; Contemporary Web Plus Appointment-Plus See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — BioEx Systems Exercise Expert; DietMaster Systems DietMaster; ICTraining See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop publishing software — Visual Health Information The Trainer's Exercise Toolbox See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — EZFacility Trainer Management System See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — BioEx Systems Nutrition Maker Plus See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — BioEx Systems Fitness Maker; Online River Software Personal Trainer Pro See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

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

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Work Context

  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 75% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 64% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 68% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 60% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 52% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 40% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 25% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 33% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 29% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 29% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 33% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 36% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 28% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Public Speaking — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 28% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 24% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 24% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
36   Post-secondary certificate Help
20   Associate's degree
20   Bachelor's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: SRE

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $16.82 hourly, $34,980 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 267,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 65,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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