Professional Fitness Trainer as a Career | Branford Hall Career Institute

Your Career as a Professional Fitness Trainer

Are you interested in helping others improve their health and fitness? If so, the Professional Fitness Trainer program at Branford Hall may be the program for you. The program’s coursework, including an externship at a fitness facility, will prepare you for this exciting career.

All graduates of the Professional Fitness Trainer program are encouraged to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certification exam. In the field of personal fitness training, certification gives you credibility and marketability. This will give you the added advantage of entering your new job field with proven skills and a certification that is recognized all over the country.

Professional Environment

As a professional fitness trainer, you may find employment in a wide range of places, such as

  • a fitness center
  • gym
  • health club
  • hospital
  • recreation center
  • university
  • yoga or Pilates studio
  • hotel or vacation resort
  • in clients’ homes

In some of these settings, professional fitness trainers may be called personal trainers, fitness instructors, athletic trainers, or recreation workers. Professional fitness trainers may work nights and weekends, to accommodate the schedules of their clients.

Employment Outlook

Details on the job outlook for professional fitness trainers can be found in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

According to this handbook, employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The handbook also notes that the need for trainers may increase as business and insurance organizations offer incentives to their employees to join gyms or other fitness facilities.

Earnings/Salary of Professional Fitness Trainers

The earnings of professional fitness trainers across the country differ based on the employees’ years of experience, level of skills, client base, and geographic location. Entry-level professional fitness trainers typically earn less than more experienced ones. But as you gain more on-the-job experience, perform satisfactorily in your job, and develop your client base, you can expect your earnings to increase over time. More details on salary trends among professional fitness trainers can be found in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Considering a Different Career?

Still not sure if the Professional Fitness Trainer program is right for you? At Branford Hall Career Institute, we offer a range of career options that will start you on the path to a more satisfying job and a better life for you. Take a look at our list of programs to find the right one for you.


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Additional Resources for Professional Fitness Trainers

National Academy of Sports Medicine