Organise exercise programmes to improve people's health and fitness. You could work in a gym, health club or leisure centre.

You could do a mixture of employed and self-employed work. If you're self-employed you could run classes in schools and community centres, or outdoors in a public space like a park. Some employers will allow you to use their gym for your private clients in return for unpaid work.

Day-to-Day Activities

  • assessing people's fitness and creating personal exercise programmes
  • demonstrating activities, exercise machines and weights
  • helping people exercise safely
  • leading group exercise classes like circuit training or aerobics
  • giving advice on healthy eating and lifestyle
  • keeping records
  • following health and safety guidelines and maintaining equipment
  • marketing your classes.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software: e.g. Intuit QuickBooks, Sage 50 Accounting, Sage Simply Accounting
  • Calendar and scheduling software: e.g. Appointment scheduling software, Contemporary Web Plus Appointment-Plus
  • Data base user interface and query software: e.g. BioEx Systems Exercise Expert, DietMaster Systems DietMaster, ICTraining
  • Project management software: e.g. BioEx Systems Fitness Maker, Online River Software Personal Trainer Pro
  • Office suite software: e.g. Corel Office, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office,

Employment Prospects

  • New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

Working Environment

  • Evenings
  • Freelance
  • People
  • Self-Employed
  • Shift Work
  • Throughout the UK
  • Weekends & Public Holidays

Route to Employment

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  • Fitness Instructing

Other Information

You can do qualifications through private training companies who offer specialist courses like fitness instruction, personal training, or gym instructing. You must hold a Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP).

Skills Needed

Skills Key:

  • Customer Service
  • Oral Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Organisation & Time Management

Interests Needed

Interests Key:

  • Social
  • Realistic
  • Enterprising

Knowledge Needed

Knowledge Key:

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Psychology
  • English Language
  • Biology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Communications and Media

Abilities Needed

Abilities Key:

  • Dynamic Strength
  • Trunk Strength
  • Gross Body Coordination
  • Extent Flexibility
  • Stamina
  • Oral Expression
  • Speech Clarity
  • Oral Comprehension

Work Styles Needed

Work Styles Key:

  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Social Orientation
  • Adaptability & Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail

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