As more and more people become aware of the health benefits of hiring a personal trainer, the number of jobs in this field is increasing dramatically. Job growth for personal trainers in Montana is expected to be 10% higher than the national growth rate. The DLI predicts this rate of growth to be 23.5% between 2012 and 2022. This translates to an increase of 42 personal training jobs a year on average becoming available in Montana during this time frame.
In addition to having traditional fitness clubs, Montana’s winter climate allows it to be part of a hot new fitness trend of 2015. FLOW Outside of Bozeman combines snowshoeing with yoga in the snow. This new phenomenon is known as snow yoga or snow.
Personal Trainer Salaries and Job Growth in Montana
While your salary will vary depending on your level of experience, the Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) provides the average and median salaries for fitness trainers in the state as of 2013:
In addition to Montana’s cities, its rural areas can be a good source of employment for you too. The southwestern rural part of Montana has a particularly large number of personal trainers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. It had the fourth highest level of employment in this field of any rural area in the country in 2013.
Montana’s stunning landscapes makes it a paradise for outdoor recreationists. The state has 21 national wildlife refuges and more than 950,000 acres of water. In fact, baby boomers have been consistently migrating to Montana according to a 2015 article in the Missoulian.
The strong culture of fitness in Montana bodes well for you as a personal trainer. The state’s outdoor enthusiasts form a ready base of clients for you to train while you earn a good salary.
Salaries of Personal Trainers in Montana’s Urban and Rural Areas
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of the salaries of fitness trainers throughout Montana’s major cities and rural areas. It showed that personal trainers who were located in Billings had substantially higher salaries than their colleagues in the rest of the state (2013):