I’m curious as to what your average personal trainer makes these days. I know a lot depends on where you are located in the US, but some generalization is fine. Is a beginning trainer lucky to get minimum wage or a bit more? I’m curious because I’m considering getting some sort of certification and pursuing it, at least on a part time basis. I’ve learned a great deal on training and nutrition in the past couple years, so much that I’m the resident guru amongst friends and family. Whenever there are questions or someone wants to start a diet they always look to me. I’ve made positive changes in a lot of people with my knowledge as well. So why not do it and get paid for it eh?
At any rate I’m curious as to possible wages based on people who’s credentials are only certification programs. I’m also planning on taking some classes at the local Junior College and possibly getting a degree in the future which seems a better way as far as pay goes.
Also one last thing. What type of hours do most personal trainers get and what is a typical day on the job? Is it a 40 hour a week job or do most only do part time? Do you basically give the obligatory tours to new members and then mindlessly walk them through exercises? Do you give them basic nutritional guidelines or are you even obligated to do that.
Like I said I’ve got a current full time good paying job, though I’d like a career change. If I could get into personal training on the side part time, see if I like it, then as times change I could switch to it full time. I’d like to hear from any personal trainers that may be lurking this board.