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Employment Outlook

Personal Trainer

Personal Trainers provide exercise and workout routines, instruction, feedback, accountability and fitness testing to an individual or group.They may advise on healthy eating. 


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 27,600 people are currently employed as Personal Trainers in Australia. This is set to increase to 35,500 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

35% of all Personal Trainers are employed in VIC. The area with the lowest number of Personal Trainers is NT, with only 0.3%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 43.6% of Personal Trainers being male and 56.4% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Personal Trainers is 25-34 years old, with 31.1%. A small percentage (4.5%) of people get into this career path younger, aged 15-19. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Personal Trainers, with 14.5% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Personal Trainers work an average of 42.6 hours a week which is 1.7 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Personal Trainers have a Certificate III/IV qualification (35.8%) or are at a Year 12 level (26%). 71.1% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 28.9% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Personal Trainer Duties & Tasks

  • Assess an individual’s training program needs via thorough health risk screening and regular fitness assessments 
  • Deliver personalised exercise programs in resistance training, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning 
  • Liaise with medical and allied health professionals to deliver fitness programs for higher risk clients
  • Demonstrate and provide regular advice to individuals regarding exercise technique and equipment use

Professional Associations & Groups



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.