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Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors in Ventura County

May also be called: Personal Trainers; Trainers; Fitness Instructors; Group Exercise Instructors; Group Fitness Instructors; Fitness Directors; Fitness Technicians; Fitness Coordinators; and Private Trainers

What Would I Do?

Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors educate and motivate individuals or groups in exercise. They demonstrate techniques and methods in cardiovascular exercise, weight and strength training, and stretching. They observe clients and show them ways to improve their skills.

These workers mainly do their jobs indoors at fitness centers, health clubs, and sometimes in clients’ homes. They often work early mornings, evenings, and weekends when the fitness center is most crowded. Those who want to work a 40-hour week sometimes must divide their time between two or more facilities.

The work of Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors can be strenuous and involves certain hazards if proper safety precautions are not followed. These include the possibility of injury tearing muscles or pulling tendons while lifting weights and performing calisthenics or aerobic exercises. At this time, there is little or no union membership involved with this occupation.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors will appeal to those who enjoy physical activity and working with people in the role of advisor or teacher.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

In addition to hourly earnings, many Personal Trainers in fitness centers earn commissions for signing clients to personalized programs or specialized sessions. These private sessions are typically charged above the monthly or annual membership costs.

The median wage in 2020 for Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors in California is $49,433 annually, or $23.76 hourly. The median wage for Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors in Ventura County is $54,769 annually, or $26.33 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Change to Hourly Wages
Annual Wages for 2020Low
(25th percentile)
(50th percentile)
(75th percentile)
Ventura County$32,705$54,769$69,756
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2020 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Nationally, about half of all health clubs offer health or dental insurance, life insurance, vacation pay, or pension or profit-sharing plans. Many part-time Trainers and Instructors do not enjoy the same benefits, other than the benefit of using the fitness facilities at no cost.

What is the Job Outlook?

Employment prospects are expected to be good because of rapid growth in the fitness industry. Aging baby boomers have become the largest demographic group of health club members.

How Do I Qualify?

Certification in the fitness field is necessary in order to find employment as a Fitness Trainer, while Group Fitness Instructors may not always need certification to work. Skills can be improved by enrolling in training courses or attending fitness conventions.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Most Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors work in recreation-related industries. Newspaper classifieds provide a helpful resource for local job openings.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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