What are your top five requirements when looking for a personal trainer position at a fitness facility?
We polled our students and we also asked them to interview one facility to see if it met their needs. Here is what we learned:
Employers are paying an average of $14 per hour. Some starting pay is as low as $10, but our students felt that a good experience was worth the low pay initially.
Most facilities expect trainers to have a national certification through ACE, ACSM, NSCA or NASM.
Personal trainers are expected to be knowledgeable, so a community college certificate is highly respected. However, personality and good communication skills are key.
Trainers can be employed by a facility or work as an independent contractor. In either case, liability insurance is highly recommended.