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Personal trainer

Personal trainers work with clients to improve their health and fitness.

Annual Salary


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

Working hours

32 to 34 variable

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; as customers demand

Future employment

There will be 0.5% more Personal trainer jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

As a personal trainer you could:

  • help clients set short and long-term fitness goals
  • plan a fitness programme to help clients achieve their goals
  • teach, motivate and coach clients in how to follow their programmes safely and effectively
  • give advice on health, nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • help clients with their workouts
  • check and record clients' progress, like measuring heart rate and levels of body fat
  • promote your services and do business admin tasks if you are self-employed

Working environment

You could work at a fitness centre or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations
  • the armed forces

You could take a college course in personal training or gym instructing.

For more information

You could do a Personal Trainer Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

For more information
Direct application

You can apply to become a personal trainer or set up your business, if you've got qualifications and experience as a fitness coach or gym instructor.

Other routes

You can do qualifications through private training companies who offer specialist courses in gym instructing and personal training.

You could train in a similar role as a physical training instructor in the armed forces.

You can find out more through the:

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

More information

Career tips

It's usual to have a certificate in first aid that includes cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Further information

You can find out more about careers in exercise and fitness from UK Coaching or the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

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You could take further instructor courses to learn new skills to offer clients, like:yoga; pilates; nutrition; group training

With further training, you could also work with people recovering from illness or who have certain medical conditions.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to teach people how to do something
  • the ability to work on your own
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • knowledge of psychology like theories of motivation
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design fitness programmes
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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