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Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors - 39-9031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities for the primary purpose of personal fitness. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Develop and implement individualized approaches to exercise.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Aerobics Instructor
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Fitness Technician
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Private Trainer
  • Yoga Instructor

SOC Occupation Groups

39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations
39-9000 Other Personal Care and Service Workers
39-9030 Recreation and Fitness Workers
39-9031.00 Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors

Related Occupations


  • Administer emergency first aid, wrap injuries, treat minor chronic disabilities, or refer injured persons to physicians.
  • Advise clients about proper clothing and shoes.
  • Advise participants in use of heat or ultraviolet treatments and hot baths.
  • Conduct therapeutic, recreational, or athletic activities.
  • Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.
  • Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines.
  • Maintain equipment inventories, and select, store, or issue equipment as needed.
  • Maintain fitness equipment.
  • Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, and bruises.
  • Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed.
  • Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement.
  • Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness.
  • Organize and conduct competitions and tournaments.
  • Organize, lead, and referee indoor and outdoor games, such as volleyball, baseball, and basketball.
  • Plan physical education programs to promote development of participants' physical attributes and social skills.
  • Plan routines, choose appropriate music, and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants' capabilities and limitations.
  • Promote health clubs through membership sales, and record member information.
  • Provide students with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.
  • Teach and demonstrate use of gymnastic and training equipment, such as trampolines and weights.
  • Teach individual and team sports to participants through instruction and demonstration, using knowledge of sports techniques and of participants' physical capabilities.
  • Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer first aid.
  • Administer therapeutic massages.
  • Advise customers on the use of products or services.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Develop educational or training programs.
  • Distribute resources to patrons or employees.
  • Enforce rules or regulations.
  • Evaluate capabilities or training needs.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Maintain supply or equipment inventories.
  • Organize recreational activities or events.
  • Perform basic equipment maintenance.
  • Promote products, services, or programs.
  • Provide medical or cosmetic advice for clients.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Teach exercise or fitness techniques.
  • Teach health or hygiene practices.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • AFROTC Training Instructor (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Water Survival Instructor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Basic Swimming and Water Survival Instructor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Command Fitness Leader (CFL) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Drill Instructor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education and Training Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Force Fitness Instructor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Force Fitness Instructor Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Instructor, Officer Training School (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Marine Combat Instructor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Martial Arts Instructor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Martial Arts Instructor-Trainer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Physical Training Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Services (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Services Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • USMA, Professor of Physical Education (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Water Safety/Survival Instructor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Master Fitness Trainer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Instructor, Physical
  • Instructor, Physical Education
  • Instructor, Sports