Employment Statistics for Personal Trainers

The Australian population is becoming more unhealthy. While this is bad news for Australia and the taxpayer, it is good news for Personal Trainers, 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 2023 and DEEWR projections to 2023. Estimates have been rounded.

Over the next three years to November 2023, the number of job openings for Fitness Instructors is expected to be 21,000 (4200 per year). Employment for Fitness Instructors/Personal Trainers is rated as “very strong growth”. Employment in this occupation (31 400 in November 2019) has grown strongly and is expected to be 37 200 in 2023.

Personal Trainer Salaries

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS EEBTUM survey May 2018 cat. no. 6310.0. Estimates have been rounded and consequently some discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

Payscale.com 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 that the 29% of personal trainers are employed full time and work 45 hours per week.

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2018.


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 2018.


Personal Trainer Education Levels

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2018.

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.

Fitness Graduates in Action

Check out how Fit Education Graduates are making differences in people’s lives and kicking goals on Fit Education tube.

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