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Fitness Trainers & Aerobics Instructors

Also called: Aerobics Instructor, Fitness Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer

What 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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


  • customer service
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • psychology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • teaching people how to do something
  • looking for ways to help people


  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination
  • move your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving
  • bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs
Physical Strength
  • use your lower back and stomach
  • exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired
  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • BioEx Systems Fitness Maker
  • Online River Software Personal Trainer Pro
Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • Sage Peachtree software
Data base user interface and query software
  • BioEx Systems Exercise Expert
  • ICTraining


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
associate's degree
usually needed

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