What Career Opportunities Await if You Become a Personal Trainer?

What Career Opportunities Await if You Become a Personal Trainer?

The role of the Personal Trainer has become more clearly defined in the 21st century than even before. With a surge in the popularity of personal training as a career path combined with a growing demand for qualified individuals from both fitness centres and personal clients the role is now considered to be of higher profile.

The decision to advance your fitness career and become a Personal Trainer typically stems from a passion for being healthy, fit and active coupled with a desire to help others. The best PT’s we know put this special talent to good use literally transforming lives and they command a Personal Trainer salary to match.

Not surprisingly the contribution the Personal Trainer makes towards their clients success, whilst assisting with tackling national health issues such as obesity, means the role in today’s society is heavily focused on improving individual health and well-being.

What’s Involved?

The checklist below summarises key aspects of the Personal Trainer job role.

  • Prescribe safe exercise and programme design in accordance with client goals and objectives.
  • Deliver effective exercise and fitness programme design.
  • Instruct and coach clients to reach their health and fitness goals.
  • Be instrumental in client led goal setting.
  • Display knowledge, passion, purpose and care in safe exercise prescription.
  • Be an effective coach and mentor.
  • Be an inspirational leader to help clients achieve their desired goals.
  • Be a great communicator who motivates others to succeed.

What Fitness Qualifications Are Needed?

You will need to achieve your Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications. These should be recognised by REP’s, the Register of Exercise Professionals and endorsed by Skills Active, like ours here at the Academy of Fitness Professionals.

This is important because post qualification you will want to be recognised professionally as a bona fide Personal Trainer by joining REPs and be able to obtain valid insurance so you are safe to practice.

There are numerous career paths and opportunities in the UK today for qualified Personal Trainers. Seldom does a profession offer so much choice and flexibility as there is to be found in the fitness sector. This literally puts the Fitness Professional themselves in charge of their own career path.

Personal Trainer Career Opportunities;

  • Work in a gym or leisure centre
  • Run boot camps
  • Run weight management and exercise groups
  • Set up your own micro-gym
  • Work for a hotel based leisure centre
  • Work in sports specialist clubs
  • GP Referral schemes
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

Reaching the Top?

If you’re keen to advance your Personal Trainer career to the highest level then one of our top tips is to become an expert in what you do. Think about the best teachers you know, rather than spread themselves across every subject they’ll have specialised in certain areas enabling them to truly shine.

Our Personal Trainer graduates master this technique early on. So think about the type of clients you love to work with and really connect with them rather than going for a scatter gun approach.


The Academy of Fitness Professionals provide the gold standard in accredited personal training courses with state of the art training fully endorsed by REPs, Skills Active and the NCFE. Their specialist knowledge features in the UK health and fitness media including the Mirror, BBC2 and Women’s Running. This is the ultimate learning destination for those serious about their fitness industry education and long term career as a Personal Trainer.

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