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IHRSA U.S. Fitness Professional Outlook

IHRSA's U.S. Fitness Professional Outlook provides employment growth for fitness professionals since 2003, along with compensation trends, certification requirements, and key drivers for continued progress. This product is a PDF download.

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“By all accounts, the prospects for fitness professionals are positive. According to IHRSA's Fitness Professional Outlook, roughly 409,000 fitness professionals provide services to fitness and sports participants in the United States.”

Kristen Walsh, Associate Publisher


This report is organized into four chapters:

  • Personal Trainers: reviews employment growth from 2003 through 2016 along with wages for full and part-time employees based on IHRSA’s employee compensation and benefits study,
  • Fitness Instructors: analyzes employment trends for group exercise, yoga, Pilates, group cycling, and barre instructors,
  • Fitness Professionals Job Requirements, Wages & Benefits: details certification requirements, hourly wages, and benefits for personal trainers and fitness instructors;
  • Growth - Drivers for Growth & Looking Ahead: integrates IHRSA research and analysis from government and independent industry research sources in establishing the keys to growth for fitness professionals.

The report also contains infographic insights for personal trainers as well as instructors specializing in yoga, Pilates, and cycling.