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Personal trainer

Personal trainers help clients reach health and fitness goals. Victorians are getting more health conscious, so trainers are in demand.

Find out what a personal trainer does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job. 

What is a personal trainer?

Personal trainers support clients with fitness coaching and mentoring. You can help clients set and achieve goals. You might work with groups or individual clients in a gym, fitness centre, a park or in their home. 

If you’re a good communicator and into fitness, this job might be for you. 

Find out more about personal trainers and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

Search for related VET courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window):

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for personal trainers in Australia is currently unavailable, as of April 2024.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the projected employment forecasts for fitness instructor jobs in Victoria. Figures are shown for current workers in 2023, and the expected number of new workers that will be needed by 2026.

Note that the ‘growth percentage’ and ‘new workers needed’ figures take into account replacing workers who are expected to retire in the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

Specific data is not available for personal trainers.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan1,6151.6%112
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan1,0731.1%59
Melbourne – southern metropolitan1,5031.2%85
Melbourne – northern metropolitan1,2221.2%72
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan1,3711.1%76
Melbourne – western metropolitan1,1871.4%75
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)3001.3%18
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)3600.9%17
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)4851.6%34
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)67-0.4%<10
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)1050.0%<10
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)2251.3%13
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)1580.7%<10
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)1270.0%<10

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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