This is a very important topic for my consideration of personal training, I realize that alot goes into how much you can make. This is the job I plan to have while in college therefore I need to have the ability to pay for my rent at the very least, main point of this is as a first time personal trainer with a nationaly accredited certification would it be reasonable to expect to make $1000 a month working no more than 30 hours a week?
Your hourly wage will depend on many factors. Demographics and what people are willing to pay in your area, your experience, and working at a high end gym or community center are a few things to consider. You could do a search in your area to see what the average hourly rate is where you live.
Fitness can be very rewarding and fulfilling personally, but it can also be difficult to build a client base (and income), and for maintaing a consistent income–especially personal training. You also need to consider that there are many out of pocket expenses to pay for as well. In addition to that, there can be a high factor of burnout if you work many hours per week (teaching classes and training can take a toll on you and your body). So, those are just some factual things to consider in advance.
It really is a wonderful industry, and helping people achieve their fitness and health goals is priceless–it can change lives for the better. You will have to weigh your pros and cons and consider both your passion for the job as well as your time and financial constraints if your main focus is your studies in college.
Best wishes to you,