The education and training required for fitness trainers vary by type of specialty, and employers often hire those with certification. Personal fitness trainers, group fitness instructors, and specialized fitness instructors each need different preparation; requirements vary by facility.

Almost all trainers and instructors have at least a high school diploma before entering the occupation. An increasing number of employers require fitness workers to have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree related to a health or fitness field, such as exercise science, kinesiology, or physical education. Programs often include courses in nutrition, exercise techniques, and group fitness.

Fitness trainers who are interested in management positions should get a bachelor's degree in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, or a related area. Experience is often required to advance to management positions in a health club or fitness centre. Some organizations require a master's degree. Personal trainers may eventually advance to a head trainer position and become responsible for hiring and overseeing the personal training staff or for bringing in new personal training clients.

Some fitness trainers go into business for themselves and open their own fitness centre. Group fitness instructors may be promoted to group exercise director, a position responsible for hiring instructors and coordinating exercise classes. Trainers and instructors may eventually become a fitness director or general manager.

What are Fitness Trainers like?


Based on our pool of users, Fitness Trainers tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Fitness Trainers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1063 Sokanu users

Are Fitness Trainers happy?


Fitness Trainers rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 75th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Fitness Trainer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Fitness Trainers

The most common degree held by Fitness Trainers is Psychology. 4% of Fitness Trainers had a degree in Psychology before becoming Fitness Trainers. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among Fitness Trainers, representing 2% of Fitness Trainers in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.3 times the average.

Fitness Trainer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Fitness Trainer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Fitness Trainers % of population Multiple
Psychology 4.0% 6.9% 0.6×
Business Management And Administration 2.2% 6.5% 0.3×
Biology 1.9% 3.6% 0.5×
Communications 1.9% 3.3% 0.6×
Physical And Health Education Teaching 1.5% 0.1% 11.0×
Drama 1.3% 1.1% 1.2×
English Literature 1.3% 4.9% 0.3×
Economics 1.2% 3.9% 0.3×
Liberal Arts 1.1% 1.9% 0.6×
Fine Arts 1.0% 2.0% 0.5×
Physiology 1.0% 0.2% 6.0×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.0% 2.2% 0.5×
Community And Public Health 1.0% 0.8% 1.2×

Fitness Trainer Education Levels

68% of Fitness Trainers have an associate's degree. 20% of Fitness Trainers have a bachelor's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 4%
Associate's degree 68%
Bachelor's degree 20%
Master's degree 4%
Doctorate degree 0%

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