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

Specialisations: Aerobics Instructor, Gym Instructor, Physical Fitness Trainer.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in fitness to work as a Fitness Instructor.

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

All Fitness Instructors

  • $1,126 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 31,400 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 29% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 60% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Fitness Instructors (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 31,400 in 2018 to 37,200 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 21,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 4,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Fitness Instructors work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Education and Training.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,126 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (29%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 60% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200819700
200925400
201018700
201125400
201223900
201325100
201426000
201529900
201629800
201733800
201831400
202337200

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsFitness InstructorsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11261460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services49.5
Arts and Recreation Services27.7
Education and Training15.8
Public Administration and Safety2.7
Other Industries4.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFitness InstructorsAll Jobs Average
NSW32.131.6
VIC27.625.6
QLD19.820.0
SA6.17.0
WA10.610.8
TAS1.42.0
NT0.41.0
ACT2.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFitness InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.0-5.05.0
20-2414.7-9.39.3
25-3431.8-22.922.9
35-4425.0-22.022.0
45-5416.0-21.621.6
55-594.4-9.09.0
60-642.6-6.06.0
65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationFitness InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree24.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma20.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV34.4-21.121.1
Year 1211.2-18.118.1
Year 111.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.8-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate III or IV in fitness to work as a Fitness Instructor.

Membership with Fitness Australia may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • working with vulnerable people and children check
  • first aid certificate
  • CPR certificate

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Sport, Fitness and Recreation VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    62% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Education and training

    62% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Psychology

    59% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  4. English language

    55% Skill level

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

  5. Sociology and anthropology

    41% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-9031.00 - Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Freedom to make decisions

    94% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    91% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Spend time standing

    90% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  4. Unstructured work

    90% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-9031.00 - Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors.

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