We surveyed 2,740 fitness trainers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical fitness trainer. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a fitness trainer?

Low

High

Working as a fitness trainer typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a fitness trainer?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a fitness trainer typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a fitness trainer?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a fitness trainer. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for fitness trainers.

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Do fitness trainers work full-time or part-time?

25% of fitness trainers work in full-time roles while 75% work part-time.

Is being a fitness trainer stressful?

Low

High

Fitness trainers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a fitness trainer?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a fitness trainer.

How competitive is the workplace for fitness trainers?

Low

High

Fitness trainers see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a fitness trainer require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for fitness trainers.

Are fitness trainers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a fitness trainer, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do fitness trainers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Fitness trainers have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

Is being a fitness trainer physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a fitness trainer requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are fitness trainers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, fitness trainers tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a fitness trainer require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for fitness trainers.

Does being a good fitness trainer require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a fitness trainer.