Personal trainers earn a median salary of $56,000, though top performers earn more than $120,000, according to CNN. Trainers with certifications through professional organizations, such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine or the American Council on Exercise (ACE), have the greatest potential for high earning of all professionals in this industry.
Between 2010 and 2015, the average salary for personal trainers has increased by 12 percent, according to ACE. Personal trainers work in gyms, fitness clubs, rehabilitation centers and clients' homes, depending on their preferences. Approximately half of all personal trainers are employed by larger organizations, such as gyms, while the rest work independently.
To gain employment with a fitness center or club, applicants must usually have certification. A certification course teaches students how to assist clients with exercises safely and at a pace that won´t cause injury.
Personal trainers work flexible hours, usually at gyms or other commercial spaces. They work with individual clients who want to lose weight, increase muscle tone or achieve a specific goal, such as running a marathon. Some trainers also work with disabled customers or clients who are recovering from illnesses or injuries. Accordingly, they must know how to teach the proper form for each exercise so clients can tackle them confidently.
The increase in demand for personal trainers, and the corresponding increase in potential wages, is frequently attributed to the rise of obesity in the United States.