Personal trainers help to educate their clients in exercising correctly. They create bespoke workout plans which aid their clients in achieving specific goals, such as gaining muscle or losing fat.
The majority of employers desire their personal trainers to possess a level 3 NVQ qualification in personal training. A bachelors degree in a discipline related to sport and fitness is an advantage. In addition to providing evidence of their formal qualifications, candidates may be required to successfully complete a practical examination before being offered employment as a personal trainer. Employers also look for excellent observational and listening skills in their personal training staff.
Personal trainers can find employment in health clubs and holiday resorts and on cruise ships. The world of corporate fitness also provides job roles to personal trainers who are experienced in optimising wellness in the workplace. The majority of health and fitness organisations recruit their personal trainers directly. However, temporary and permanent personal fitness positions are often readily available through recruitment agencies. There is also a demand for self-employed personal trainers.
Personal trainer jobs are associated with a starting salary of between £16,000 and £22,000, with salaries varying between facilities. Self-employed personal trainers have the freedom to set their own rates of pay. Personal trainers who specialise in areas such as exercise for children and injury rehabilitation may be able to benefit from higher rates of pay.