Personal Training Employment Statistics

The Australian population is becoming more and more unhealthy. While this is bad news for the Australia and the tax payer, it is good news for a Personal Trainer, as the industry is booming. Research by Deakin University shows that 45.1 per cent of men and 30.2 per cent of women are overweight. A further 20.2 per cent of men and 28.6 per cent of women are obese.

The Australian Health Survey (released by the ABS) had even more damning statistics. It found that obesity rates in Australian adults are on the rise, with 63 per cent now classed as overweight or obese. It also found 67 per cent of Australians perform little to no exercise and only 5.6 per cent of Australian adults had an adequate daily intake of fruit and vegetables.

Fitness Job Outlook

The graph shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for fitness trainers.

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, DEEWR trend data to November 2012 and DEEWR projections to 2019. Estimates have been rounded.

Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Fitness Instructors is expected to be average (between 10,001 and 25,000). Employment for Fitness Instructors/Personal Trainers to 2018-19 is expected to grow very strongly. Employment in this large occupation (27 600 in November 2014) rose moderately in the past five years and rose very strongly in the long-term (ten years).

Personal Trainer Salaries

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS EEBTUM survey August 2014 cat. no. 6310.0. Estimates have been rounded and consequently some discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals. lists the wage for a Personal Trainer / Fitness Instructor (with five years’ experience and working in Sydney) as being between an average of $57 500 to a maximum salary of $87 000.

Fitness Trainer Weekly Work Hours

The graph shows the average weekly hours (by gender and full-time and part-time) worked for this occupation, compared with all occupations. 

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2014.

Fitness Trainer Age Profile

The Fitness industry has a strong appeal amongst young people between 20 and 44 years of age, making it a vibrant and dynamic work environment.

 Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2014.

Personal Trainer Education Levels

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2014.

What Fitness Qualification Do You Need to be a Personal Trainer?

Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315)

A Certificate III in Fitness allows you to become a Fitness Instructor or Group Exercise Instructor. It is designed for people who are passionate about health and well-being, and want a career focusing on fitness. Learn to conduct fitness appraisals, develop programs, use fitness equipment safely, and advise clients on fitness and healthy eating matters.

Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215)

This personal trainer course covers fitness planning and programming, strength and conditioning, client screening and motivation, program delivery and business planning.

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