Strength and Conditioning Coaches


Strength and Conditioning Coaches


Strength and conditioning coaches help athletes attain optimum performance through strength training, exercise, and nutritional programs. They work with athletes at all levels, as well as members of the general public who wish to improve their strength, speed, agility, and endurance. There are 356,900 fitness trainers and instructors and 241,390 coaches employed in the U.S.

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Internship, volunteer, or part-time job



Coaching/Physical Training


Personality Traits



Earnings for strength and conditioning coaches vary considerably depending on the sport and the person or team being coached. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the median earnings for all sports coaches were $34,840 in May 2019. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $19,040, while the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $78,890. Sports instructors and coaches who worked at co...

Work Environment

Strength and conditioning coaches may work indoors, in a gym or health club, or outdoors, perhaps at a swimming pool. Coaches for collegiate and professional sports teams may work 50 to 60 hours a week (including evenings), six to seven days a week when athletes are in competition. Some travel may be involved for games played away from home.


Employment for all fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 13 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations, through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Strength and conditioning coaches will be increasingly relied upon to provide athletes with the extra edge during competition. The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on sports and fitness, with ...