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Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.   (O'Net 39-9031.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Aerobics Instructor, Aerobics Teacher, Exercise Specialist, Exercise Teacher, Exerciser, Fitness Coordinator, Fitness Director, Fitness Instructor, Fitness Specialist, Fitness Teacher, Fitness Technician, Fitness Trainer, Fitness Worker, Group Exercise Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Karate Instructor, Martial Arts Instructor, Personal Coach, Personal Trainer, Physical Education Instructor, Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher), Physical Fitness Teacher, Physical Fitness Trainer, Physical Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Sports Instructor, Water Aerobics Instructor, Weight Trainer, Weight Training Instructor, Wellness Coach, Yoga Instructor, Yoga Teacher
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.56   $ 14.47   $ 18.84   $ 23.28   $ 27.86   $ 19.14  
    Yearly $21,970   $30,090   $39,190   $48,420   $57,940   $39,810  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 10.45   $ 14.31   $ 17.90   $ 22.97   $ 28.69   $ 18.87  
    Yearly $21,740   $29,750   $37,240   $47,780   $59,680   $39,260  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.93   $ 15.75   $ 20.59   $ 23.34   $ 24.95   $ 19.48  
    Yearly $22,740   $32,760   $42,820   $48,540   $51,890   $40,520  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.83   $ 12.66   $ 19.52   $ 23.71   $ 29.03   $ 19.33  
    Yearly $20,450   $26,320   $40,610   $49,310   $60,390   $40,200  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 1,075 1,126 0.5% 25
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries 59.1%
    Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations 13.1%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 10.6%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 4.7%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 4.3%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement.
     
  • Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines.
     
  • Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness.
     
  • Plan routines, choose appropriate music, and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants' capabilities and limitations.
     
  • Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion.
     
  • Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.
     
  • Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed.
     
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.
     
  • Provide students with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.
     
  • Administer emergency first aid, wrap injuries, treat minor chronic disabilities, or refer injured persons to physicians.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors  updated June 2009
     


    Knowledge
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors  updated June 2009
     


    Skills
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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Gross Body Coordination - The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
     
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
     
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
     
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors  updated June 2009
     


    Work Activities
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  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Coaching and Developing Others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
     
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors  updated June 2009
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors  updated June 2009
     


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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors  updated June 2009
     


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    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
     
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
     
    • Physical Fitness Technician. (NEW)
     
    • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.
     
    • Yoga Teacher Training/Yoga Therapy.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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