Medical

Health trainer

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

Annual Salary

£16,750 to £28,500

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37.5

6%
Future employment

There will be 6% more Health trainer jobs in 2023.
In your local area

What's it all about?

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

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.

£16,750 to £28,500

Starter salary: £16,750 to £19,750

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

These figures are a guide.

37.5

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.
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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are 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
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