In an age when people are concerned about their health and appearance than ever before, becoming a personal trainer is probably a profession with guaranteed success. A personal trainer gives fitness tips and helps people to perform physical activities in the right manner to maintain fitness and good health.
If you have a passion for fitness and would like to train people, why not become a personal trainer. In order to become an expert, what you need to do is get certification in the first hand. The certificate is a proof that you are qualified enough to become a physical trainer.
There are both private and government institutions that provide training courses including seminars, workshops, project works, and internship. Each of these organizations has a certain set of prerequisites for admission.
Admission criteria for most of these institutes are: the student should be at least 18 years old, should show adult CPR certificate, and he/she should have at least the high school diploma (or equivalent).
You should be very careful while getting enrolled in a professional organization; check whether the one you have chosen is accredited or not, and also whether the certificate it provides is recognized universally. Last but not the least, inquire about exam location, course fees, and continuing education requirements (if any).
There is no fixed income. It depends on your experience, certifications, specialization and your location. If you work with a gym, they will employ you with a fixed payment or you will get paid according to the number of fitness sessions you offered. In some cases, you may directly charge the client and give a percentage of the fees to the respective gym.
In general, one gets paid per session or on an hourly basis. On an average, the annual income is around USD 38,300. It is quite likely that an experienced person can make as much as USD 169,300 annually. Thus, the average salary varies with respect to the work profile and expertise in the particular field.
As mentioned earlier, it also differs widely with respect to the geography. For e.g., hourly rates in New York city are the highest of around USD 31.02. In Houston one can earn about USD 17.02 whereas in Los Angeles one can make approximately USD 31.86. The same for Dallas, Texas is around USD 18.21 and for Phoenix, Arizona about USD 15.00.
It also differs according to the organization. Annual earnings in a fitness club are around USD 41,480 and in government services around USD 34,640. In civic and social organizations, one can make USD 32,390 and in the University around USD 38,010 per annum.