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Health trainer

Health trainers promote healthy living and help people make healthier lifestyle choices.

Annual Salary

£18,700 to £28,500

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; attending events or appointments

Future employment

There will be 4% more Health trainer jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you might:

  • introduce people to relevant local services
  • help people understand how their behaviour affects their health
  • support and motivate individuals to change harmful habits
  • explain the benefits of healthier food and lifestyle choices
  • record activity levels and results, and use these to motivate clients
  • keep up to date with what services are available locally
  • work with individuals or with larger groups

Working environment

You could work in an office or in the community.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Award in Improving the Public's Health
  • Level 2 Award in Nutrition for Health

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
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The following advanced apprenticeships may help you get into this role:

  • Community sport and health officer
  • Community health and wellbeing worker

You may be able to move on to a Public health practitioner degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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It may be possible to train as a health trainer if you are already working in a related role such as pharmacy assistant or in a leisure centre.

Volunteering and work experience

You can get some of the skills and experience you need for this job through voluntary experience with local community groups.

You can get advice about work experience in the NHS before applying for jobs or training.

You can also contact about work placements.

Direct application

You can apply directly for health trainer jobs, if you've got:

  • an understanding of the health issues facing the community
  • good communication skills in English and, for some jobs, a second community language
  • some GCSEs, including English

Qualifications or experience as a personal trainer, fitness instructor or dietitian can also be helpful.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Further information

You can find out more about working as a health trainer from Health Careers.

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With experience, you could progress to team supervisor, or senior health improvement specialist.

You could also move into related careers in health promotion or community development.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • customer service skills
  • administration skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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