Finding a Health Coach Job

As a Health Coach (or future Health Coach), you have a wealth of options available when it comes to your career. If you’re considering a Health Coaching career or you’ve finished your training and you’re trying to decide how you’d like to put your skills to work, this page is for you. Below, we’ll explore the many career paths available to Health Coaches so you can make the best choice for you.

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be covering on this page:

In-Office Health Coaching Jobs

Online Health Coach Jobs

Health Coach Careers

In-Office Health Coaching Jobs

Online Health Coach Jobs

Health Coach Careers

Before we dive into that, though, let’s talk about why Health Coaching is one of the fastest-growing healthcare professions right now—and will be for years to come.

Why Health Coach Jobs Are In Demand

It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a Health Coach. As a society, we’re in the midst of a massive paradigm shift when it comes to how we treat disease and how we cultivate health and wellness.

We’re starting to realize that what we’ve been doing isn’t working anymore. We’re more stressed, overweight, and unhealthy than ever before. We’re suffering from diseases—like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes—that are a result of our unhealthy lifestyles. What’s more, our healthcare system emphasizes reactive treatment rather than encouraging preventative treatment.

At Health Coach Institute, we believe the answer lies in being proactive—in making lifestyle changes that serve us for life. But making big changes can be hard because so much of our behavior is the result of habit—and habits are hard to change! That’s where Health Coaches come in.

Health Coaches help people master healthy habits and transform their lives. They provide the support and accountability people need to make lasting change and create the lives they desire.

What’s more, the Health Coaching industry is projected to see some incredible growth in the coming years.

According to a 2017 U.S. study by Marketdata:

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+15% $6.14B 2014 2018

The U.S. Health Coaching market was worth $6.14 billion in 2017, up 15% from 2014.

+5.4%
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+5.4%
$7.85B 2018 2022

The market is forecasted to grow 5.4% annually, up to $7.85 billion by 2022.

+8%
121,000

The number of practicing Health Coaches rose 8% from 2006 to 2017, and is expected to reach 121,000 by 2022!

The average salary of a Health Coach is more than

$55,000 a year.

Sound exciting? We agree! Now let’s talk about the different types of jobs that are available to Health Coaches.

Types of Health Coaching Jobs

No matter where or how they work, Health Coaches have one main goal: to help clients get and stay healthy. Health Coaches work with clients to create individualized plans based on their specific needs and goals, including any directives from their healthcare providers. They provide the support and accountability that are crucial to making changes that last and empower their clients to become active participants in their own well-being.

Health Coaches can choose to start their own business, work in a corporate setting or doctor’s office, or partner with other like-minded professionals such as chiropractors and nutritionists—among other things. They can work with any and all clients who come their way, or find a specific niche, like working with mothers, clients with diabetes, or women who want to lose weight…the possibilities are endless!

For simplicity’s sake, we’ve divided the different types of Health Coaching jobs into two categories: office-based Health Coaching jobs and virtual Health Coach jobs. However, we do want to make it clear that many Health Coach jobs aren’t black or white and can be done in-office or remotely. (Like we said—the options for Health Coaches really are endless!)

In-Office Health Coaching Jobs

Choosing to work as a Health Coach in a more traditional office job doesn’t mean that you have to stick to just one type of coaching. You have a number of options, including:

  • Traditional Medicine
  • Corporate Coaching
  • Partnering with Wellness Organizations

Traditional Medicine Jobs

We’ve all been there. We wait and wait for a doctor’s appointment; when the doctor finally graces us with their presence, they’re gone five minutes later, having made no attempt to get to know us or discover what’s really going on inside us. And that’s the last we see of them until our next ailment because medical professionals typically don’t have the time to follow up and make sure we’re sticking to their healthcare directives.

But doctors and other primary care providers are beginning to understand how essential it is to provide patients with the resources and support they need to stay on track. More and more, they’re hiring Health Coaches in their practices who work closely with their patients to implement their directives.

Corporate Coaching Jobs

According to the Centers for Disease Control, productivity losses due to sick employees cost employers $225.8 billion annually. Because of these costs, many businesses are recognizing the benefits of helping their employees stay as healthy as possible. Healthy employees tend to stay at their jobs longer, be more productive, live longer, and help cut down on company healthcare costs. A rising number of corporations are choosing to hire Health Coaches to help employees achieve their wellness goals and get as healthy as possible.

Partnerships with Wellness Organizations

Other wellness providers, like gyms, weight loss centers, and Functional Medicine practices are recognizing the numerous benefits and support Health Coaches can offer their clients. These providers know their clients need more than a simple exercise regime or list of dietary guidelines to achieve their health goals. A Health Coach can provide complementary services, like habit change coaching and help with implementing long-term plans, making them great partners for other health and wellness professionals.

For more information, check out our post, What Kind of Opportunities Exist for Health Coaches?

Online Health Coach Jobs

Work from home Health Coaching jobs get their own special section because this is an exploding field! Remote coaching jobs make it easy for Health Coaches to work with clients virtually anywhere in the world. And thanks to advancements in technology, Health Coaches can create almost any kind of career they can dream up.

Here are a couple work from home Health Coaching jobs that are particularly in demand:

  • Corporate Health Coaching
  • Entrepreneurial Health Coaching
  • Health Writing/Blogging

Remote Corporate Health Coach Jobs

We’ve already spoken about corporate jobs for Health Coaches in an office setting, but there is also an opportunity for Health Coaches to work remotely in this area. Many businesses want to offer their employees health and wellness services wherever it’s convenient for them. So they employ Health Coaches to provide services via mobile apps, in-home visits, over the phone, or work with in-house employees to improve their health and wellness. These Health Coaches have a boss and a salary and report to the company that employs them, but they don’t report to a physical office. They have all the convenience of a career with an established company, but still enjoy the flexibility of a remote environment.

Entrepreneurial Health Coach Jobs

If you’re interested in starting your own business and working from home, you’re in good company! Many Health Coaches opt to build a business working on their own terms.

Virtual Health Coaches work with clients via in-person, phone, or video sessions. They get to know clients on a deeply personal level, help them make a plan to achieve their goals, and support them in developing healthy habits long-term.

Work from home Health Coaches typically spend their days meeting with clients, creating action plans, handling administrative tasks like responding to emails and phone calls, creating and sharing resources with clients, marketing their business, and networking with colleagues.

Health Writer/Blogger

If you happen to be passionate about health and writing, you might consider putting your vast understanding of nutrition, health, and wellness to work for you as a health writer. Whether you opt to publish your own content or to freelance for other companies, health writing can be a great way to combine two passions, share knowledge, establish authority in the health and wellness space, and earn a living. Some health writers even pitch their content to larger digital and print publications.

There’s really no shortage of remote health writing opportunities and we recommend checking out sites like Indeed, LinkedIn, Upwork, and other remote job search databases for more info.
Click here to learn more about how to find online Health Coaching jobs.

Health Coach Careers: The Future is Bright

Now that we’ve covered some of the careers you can pursue as a Health Coach, it’s time to learn how you can set yourself up for success—no matter the path you choose!

Whether you want to start your own business or work within a company, the one thing you’ll want to make sure of is that you have proper training. At Health Coach Institute, we believe it’s important for Health Coaches to complete a credible certificate training program. While not required, doing so will provide coaches with the tools, skills, and confidence to coach clients effectively.

If you choose to seek out a job as a Health Coach within a company after getting trained, you’ll need to prepare for the job search and interview process. You can find open Health Coach positions via a variety of sources including:

  • Online job sites, social media, and company websites
  • Local websites and publications
  • Staffing firms
  • Networking events and professional organizations

After you identify the jobs you’d like to apply for, you’ll want to ensure your resume is in top shape and showcases your training and experience. Spend some time mock-interviewing so you feel prepared to answer the types of questions you may be asked, and make sure to thoroughly research the companies you’re applying to so you can ask questions that demonstrate you understand their business.

And remember—at the end of the day, you’re applying for a position as a Health Coach because you’re passionate about health and wellness and you want to help people. So don’t be afraid to tell potential employers how excited you are about the opportunity to put that passion to work!

If you choose to set up your own Health Coaching business, you’ll want to put a number of systems in place so you can build a successful online Health Coaching business.

You’ll first need to ensure you have the technology you need to become successful, like a reliable phone and internet connection, tools for meetings (like Skype, Google Hangouts, or Zoom), and a computer, phone, and printer. You’ll also need to market your business through social media, your website, and word of mouth.

For more information about setting yourself up for success as a Health Coach and how some of our grads are creating unique careers they love, check out our Find Health Coach Jobs Online and Opportunities for Health Coaches blog posts.

One thing is certain—it’s an amazing time to be a Health Coach. Our society is ready for a major shift in the way we care for our health and well-being and Health Coaches are leading the charge.

If you’re ready to learn more about how you can join this revolution, contact one of our Clarity Coaches today!

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