Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors

risk level
Based on 130 votes
by year 2032
or $21.82 per hour
as of 2022

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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

35% chance of full automation within the next two decades

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

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


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 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors' was $45,380, or $21 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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Anonymous (Low) says
They've tried. When I did group fitness classes at the gym, the virtual ones would have 1-3, maybe 5 people tops, whereas classes led by a person would have maybe 10-15 on a bad day, and the max of 40 regularly. As for personal training I'd imagine people struggling would need the extra motivation from a human. Diet/exercise advice is readily available online, but people still struggle on their own.
Feb 28, 2024 at 10:30 AM
g (No chance) says
Automation sector growing day by day making human body idle that affect physically and mentally of a person. so opportunities in naturopathy and health sector definitly growing faster.
Jan 10, 2024 at 08:07 AM
saurabh sharma (Highly likely) says
Look at a fitness devices like the Peloton Row. It gives feedback about our rowing form in real time. It’s not hard to imagine that before long this feedback will become more personalized as it will be channeled in the shape of a “form to script” feedback narrated by a fitness instructor who is an AI Avatar.
I believe that customers will value a feature like this.
This will also be good for Peloton as they’d need to invest less in hiring human fitness instructors.
Nov 17, 2023 at 04:00 PM
Aishi (No chance) says
Robots are metal bodies they do not have blood, veins, arteries, hormones, bones, muscles,etc. And teaching yoga or any exercise is not a technical thing. It's physical and mental things. A robot can't explain properly how to do it.So I think there is no chance to take the jobs of yoga of any exercise trainers.
Aug 10, 2023 at 07:09 AM
The instructor says
When robots developed patience , compassion , patience , motivation, patience , creativity and patience , maybe it could be replace , but honestly the social aspect is so strong to human than the air , any online training will be good enough. also robots never will be patience with miserable elderly people
Apr 19, 2023 at 11:31 AM
Jessica (Uncertain) says
Some people will like a more personal touch from a living person and not a machine.
That's why it's called personal training
Jan 26, 2023 at 08:42 AM
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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