When it comes to marketing health coaching programs, many companies use the promise of a lucrative coaching career to help attract new students—heck, we’re guilty of it, too

In reality, just because you receive your coaching certificate does not mean you must actually become a coach. Because the courses available at Health Coach Institute focus on such a wide breadth of topics—health, wellness, nutrition, business building and client communication—there are countless areas in the workforce where these skills can be applied. 

From the stay-at-home mom to the spa worker, here are 10 non-coaching jobs for Health Coach grads. 

1. Stay-at-Home Mom

Let’s be real: being a stay-at-home mom is one tough job, especially if your kids aren’t in school. A health coaching certificate could help in a couple ways: 1. You are taking the time to do things for yourself, separate from your children. 2. You can utilize the health and wellness learnings when it comes to meal time, goal-setting and teaching emotional regulation.

2. Homeschool Teacher

Homeschooling has flourished over the past few years thanks to virtual learning. Having a background in health and wellness will allow you to teach your kids vital information about nutrition and mental well-being that they might not learn in school. 

3. Health Care Practitioners

Did you know U.S. medical schools only require students to complete 25 hours of nutrition education prior to becoming doctors? And that—according to this study on nutrition education in medical schools—most graduating students feel their nutrition preparation is inadequate? If you’re a doctor, nurse, or other type of health care provider, consider adding a Nutrition Coach certificate to your wall of diplomas. 

4. Doula

Being a doula is very intimate: You’re working alongside an expecting mother throughout her labor, delivery and postpartum period. By receiving a certification in health coaching, you can arm your clients with tons of additional info on diet, mental health, and holistic ways to help them heal. 

5. Corporate Wellness

Since the concept of self-care has burgeoned, so has the desire for these types of offerings at the workplace. Even as far back as 2013, the US Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services published a report that found more than 80% of companies with more than 50 employees offered some type of wellness program. Since that time these offerings have only grown, with work-life balance and healthy corporate culture on most employees’ minds when looking for work. Investigate the corporate world to see where your services are needed, whether it’s a full-time job or providing educational workshops and demos as requested. 

6. Esthetician

Estheticians work with clients to clean, revitalize, beautify and maintain the health of their skin. This is achieved with fancy lasers, tools and chemical peels, but don’t forget that a major part of skincare is an inside job—meaning the foods you eat and things you consume all play a part. An esthetician with a dual nutrition or health coach certification can confidently recommend anti-inflammatory foods and practices for their clients’ regimens. 

7. Massage Therapist

If you’re working as a masseuse or masseur, you already know how important it is to take care of your body and mind. By expanding your knowledge base around these topics with a professional certification, you’re able to offer even more expertise when it comes to clients’ physical wellness, inflammation and stress levels. 

8. Chef

To succeed in the food industry, it’s important to stay on top of dietary trends. Five years ago most mainstream restaurants would not include a vegan dish, and now they’re so commonplace even fast food spots offer options. What better way to beef up your nutrition knowledge than by becoming certified on the topic? 

9. School Counselor

Beyond academic coaching, a school counselor should provide social and emotional support to the student body. In order to best serve the needs of the students, consider taking a health or nutrition coaching course to ensure you have a well-rounded base of knowledge. 

10. Personal Trainer

If you’re already working as a personal trainer, adding another layer of health, wellness and nutrition education seems like a no-brainer. You’ll have a potential pool of clients to work with without having to do any extra marketing, and you’ll have a well-rounded knowledge base which can help push your career further.

Get Your Health Coach Certification

If you’re working in one of the professions listed above, or if you just want to continue your self-education journey, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for! Join our six-month Become a Health Coach or Nutrition Coach course, where you’ll receive the skills and foundation you need to transform your health and the health of others. If you’ve already completed the initial certification and are looking to take your skills even further, check out our 12-month Coach Mastery program which is focused on sales, marketing and advanced coaching techniques.


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