MBTI® Test ENFP Fitness Trainer and Aerobics Instructors

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Social, Realistic, Enterprising (SRE) (GOT)

ENFP Myers-Briggs Types (MBTI®) portray certain features that are uniquely qualified for specific careers. For example, ENFPs are spontaneous and flexible, often relying on their ability to improvise. This makes them ideal candidates for careers such as fitness trainers and aerobics instructors who are often individuals who see life as full of endless possibilities. ENFP ­Myers-Briggs Types tend to make connections between events and information quite rapidly, proceeding confidently based on the patterns they see. They seek affirmation from others while readily providing appreciation and support themselves. This is the essence of Extroverted Intuition with Introverted Feeling ENFP Myers-Briggs Types. (Myers, CPP. 1998)

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Those individuals choosing the MBTI ENFP fitness trainer and aerobics instructor career path will perform various tasks either in a group or one-on-one setting. One-on-one focused positions focus on evaluating the abilities, needs, and physical conditions of clients in order to develop suitable training programs for said individuals. Aerobics instructors spend more time in group settings and may spend more time planning routines, choosing appropriate music and adapting muscle movements for the group based on participant’s capabilities and limitations. They both monitor participant’s progress and adapt programs as needed in the long term while offering alternatives during classes (or one-on-one training sessions) to accommodate different levels of fitness. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors can also administer emergency first aid, wrap injuries, treat minor chronic disabilities, or refer injured persons to physicians. Some trainers also elect to receive nutrition based certification and choose to provide clients with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.

Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors use a variety of tools that will vary depending on their setting. They may utilize free weights, workout machines, resistance bands, medicine balls, and a variety of specialized items like ankle weights and weighted vests. Balance boards, disks, and beams are also utilized at various times. Self-employed trainers may also use various medical, accounting and scheduling software in order to manage their business.Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors need an extensive knowledge of physical training techniques, but also need to develop strong customer service skills. It also benefits them to have a strong understanding of human behavior and performance in order to best meet the needs of their clients.

Certain skills are very important for these ENFP careers; including the ability to instruct, convey information to others effectively, listen actively, select and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriately. Social perceptiveness is also a skill that comes in extremely handy when in this field. Physically, having strong stamina, flexibility, trunk strength, and gross body coordination is also greatly beneficial.

The educational requirements for becoming a personal trainer or aerobics instructor varies by place of employment, but the majority require at least a trainer’s certification through vocational institutions such as NASM, ISSA, or ACE. Other positions may require an associate’s degree as well as on-the-job training.

Below are employment trends for fitness trainers and aerobics instructors:

  • Median wage: $16.82 hourly, $34,980 annually
  • Employment: 267,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Average (8% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 65,000

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References:

1. Introduction to Type (Isabel Briggs Myers, 1998, CPP Inc.)

2. Introduction to Type and Careers (Allen L. Hammer, 2007, CPP Inc.)

3. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections

4. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)