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Health trainer

Health trainers promote healthy living and help people make healthier lifestyle choices.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,750 to £28,500 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37.5 per week

1. Entry requirements

Employers will usually expect you to have:

  • qualifications or experience in health and fitness, weight management or nutritional advice
  • good communication skills in English
  • paid or unpaid experience of working with local community groups

Some employers will also want you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths.

You may also need a second community language for some roles.

NHS Choices and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have more information on volunteering.

Health Careers
has more information on becoming a health trainer.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication and listening skills
  • the ability to motivate others and inspire trust
  • the ability to form good working relationships with organisations
  • good organisational and planning skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll use your knowledge of health issues in your local community, to help people improve their general health and wellbeing. 

Your work within the community may focus on:

  • improving the amount of exercise people take
  • the importance of practising safe sex
  • helping people stop smoking
  • the positive effects of lowering alcohol intake
  • the benefits of breastfeeding
  • improving access to healthy lifestyles

You’ll provide information and support on a one-to-one basis, and in groups. 

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • introducing people to relevant local services
  • helping people understand how their behaviour affects their health
  • supporting and motivating individuals to change harmful habits
  • explaining the benefits of healthier food and lifestyle choices
  • recording activity levels and results, and using these to motivate clients

4. Salary

Starter: £16,750 to £19,750

Experienced: £22,000 to £28,500 (coordinator)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 37.5 hours a week, including some evenings or weekends.

You’ll be based in an office. 

You’ll usually need you own transport to travel to GP practices, children’s centres and community leisure centres.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to team supervisor, or senior health improvement specialist. 

You could also move into related careers in health promotion or community development.

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Last updated: 21 August 2017