Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors

risk level
Based on 103 votes
by 2031
or $21.82 hourly
as of 2022

Automation risk

1.3% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Originality

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Persuasion

User poll

37% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that there is a small chance this occupation will be replaced. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 1.3% chance of automation.

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Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors' job openings is expected to rise 18.9% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors' was $45,380, or $21.82 per hour

'Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors' were paid 2.0% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 250,540 people employed as Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors within the United States.

This represents around 0.17% of the employed workforce across the country.

Put another way, around 1 in 590 people are employed as Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors.

Job 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.

SOC Code: 39-9031.00


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Julie Holt (Highly likely) says
I don’t think a robot is going to take my job but- I do think that yoga studios are going to close due to the massive online / app based yoga / fitness tools. Before, if you were curious, you went to a studio and tried it out. Now, if you’re curious about yoga, you find any one of the millions on online options and practice at home (likely doing it poorly or hurting yourself). Studios can’t pay their bills and will close. Yoga teachers need studios. Without a studio, my job is pretty tricky. Same goes for spin instructors being replaced by Peloton, personal trainers being replaced by Mirror, etc.
Feb 24, 2020 at 09:11 PM
Yeah nah (No chance) says
Cause you don't only need to sell fitness, you also need to sell motivation and motivation coming from another human is probably more motivational then it coming from a robot.
Feb 18, 2020 at 12:20 AM

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