Fitness Instructors direct, instruct and guide individuals and groups in the pursuit of physical fitness and wellbeing.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed. Around a half of workers have a Certificate III/IV qualification. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • consulting with various Health Professionals to develop and design fitness programs
  • designing individual fitness programs based on assessment of the client's age, level of fitness, goals and abilities
  • delivering group exercise classes and personal tuition in a variety of fitness activities in a safe and creative manner
  • demonstrating and teaching body movements and skills used in fitness routines
  • setting up and monitoring fitness equipment and ensuring that equipment is safe, clean and in working condition
  • teaching and advising on the use of fitness equipment
  • ensuring clients are aware of and adhere to safety and injury prevention procedures
  • reporting accidents and preparing accident reports
  • maintaining a working knowledge of current health and safety standards and ensuring working practices and procedures conform to current legislation
  • maintaining current first aid certificates

Job Titles

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Fitness Instructor

    Specialisations: Aerobics Instructor, Gym Instructor, Physical Fitness Trainer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    31,000
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    40.9%
  • Female Share

    59.1%
  • Full-Time Share

    36.2%

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This is a large occupation employing 31,000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Fitness Instructors work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Other Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Education and Training.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 40.3 hours per week.
  • The average age is 37 years (compared to 40 for all careers).
  • Around 1 in 2 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearEmployment Level
200516200
200618300
200718400
200820400
200924200
201022000
201123600
201225000
201325300
201427200
201531000
202041800

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Careers Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015 cat. no. 6333.0. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsFitness InstructorsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earningsn/an/a

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
CategoryFitness InstructorsAll Jobs Average
Full-time36.969
Part-time63.130.8
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)39.540.2

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services41.0
Arts and Recreation Services29.0
Education and Training23.8
Health Care and Social Assistance4.5
Other Industries1.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
StateFitness InstructorsAll Jobs Average
NSW37.331.8
VIC24.225.5
QLD20.419.8
SA3.16.7
WA10.111.1
TAS1.72
NT0.91.1
ACT2.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
Age BracketFitness InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.9-5.45.4
20-2414.4-9.99.9
25-3426.4-23.323.3
35-4424.0-21.621.6
45-5423.2-21.121.1
55-594.7-8.68.6
60-642.7-5.95.9
65 and Over1.7-3.73.7

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
CategoryFitness InstructorsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males48.8Males53.8
Females51.2Females46.1

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: Based on ABS 2016 Survey of Education and Work (SEW).
Type of QualificationFitness InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.0-8.58.5
Bachelor degree16.4-17.817.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma22.8-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV48.8-18.818.8
Year 126.0-18.618.6
Years 11 & 100.0-17.617.6
Below Year 100.0-8.08.0

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed. Even with a qualification, further experience or on-the-job training is sometimes needed.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Fitness Instructors with good people skills, who are reliable and have an enthusiastic and positive attitude.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    81% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Education and Training

    76% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  3. Psychology

    71% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  4. English Language

    70% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Biology

    56% Important

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Performing General Physical Activities

    90% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  2. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    84% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Building Good Relationships

    80% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  4. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    77% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  5. Handling and Moving Objects

    76% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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