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Best Jobs In America #18 Personal Trainer

Median pay:       $56,000
Top pay:       $128,000
10-yr job growth:       24.0%
Total jobs*:       51,400
Personal satisfaction
Low stress
Benefit to society

What they do all day? Sometimes it takes a paid professional to push you through endless squats, push-ups and burpees -- or just to get you to the gym at 6 a.m. You can thank your personal trainer for that.

How to get the job? Certification from a recognized school or organization is an asset. Self-starters are also welcomed, since trainers more or less supervise themselves.

What makes it great? With obesity rates on the rise, trainers are in a position to change someone's health for the better -- and for the long haul. They can also work in a variety of settings beyond the gym, from hospitals to corporate wellness departments to clients' homes to outdoor boot camps.

Notes: All pay data from Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2010-20, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Published: October 29, 2012

*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.' Note: Pay data is median for personal trainers working full-time hours. Many trainers work part-time hours, and earn less.

Personal Training Certification

Become a Personal Trainer and learn to train like a pro.

There are two types of training sessions, the ones a trainer runs and the one that runs the trainer. Learn how to take charge of every session and how to train clients anywhere. AFI teaches you what makes a training session "Worth it" and how to give a great session anywhere without any special equipment.

Learn what it takes to be the best, how to make the most money as a trainer and how to give your clients the absolute best results. Learn how to be a better trainer.


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Rescuer CPR AED

AFI requires students to obtain their CPR AED Certification after passing the AFI CPT Exam. If you have purchases the Rescuer CPR AED Course, you do not have to submit additional proof documents, AFI will track your progress to completion of the course and issue your CPR AED ecard upon course completion.

Red Cross & American Heart Association CPR AED

If you have taken another course, you can submit your valid CPR AED Certification through the AFI Help Center. Maintaining your CPR AED Certification is a requirement for most gyms and insurance companies. If you've already received your CPR AED Certification please submit it through the AFI Help Center. AFI will accept CPR AED from the American Heart Association, American Red Cross or the Rescuer CPR AED course which all meet the most recent 2010 ECC guidelines.

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