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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 31,000 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 35.8% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.4 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 61.2% female Gender Share

The number of Fitness Instructors grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 31,000 in 2017 to 38,300 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 23,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Fitness Instructors work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (35.8%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.4 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 61.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200717300
200819700
200925300
201018700
201125300
201223800
201324900
201425900
201529800
201630000
201731000
202238300

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services45.6
Arts and Recreation Services28.9
Education and Training19.3
Health Care and Social Assistance3.0
Other Industries3.2

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 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFitness InstructorsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.531.6
VIC29.026.2
QLD25.019.7
SA6.06.7
WA12.410.8
TAS1.62.0
NT0.61.1
ACT0.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFitness InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.2-5.25.2
20-248.9-9.99.9
25-3435.9-23.623.6
35-4422.4-21.721.7
45-5416.2-20.820.8
55-595.6-8.88.8
60-643.2-6.06.0
65 and Over3.7-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the 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 Certificate6-8.68.6
Bachelor degree16.4-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma22.8-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV48.8-18.918.9
Year 126-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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.

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

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • 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.

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.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The 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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