Sometimes helping others to get in shape, overcome physical handicaps or to feel better about themselves is the best way to feel better about yourself. Some people want to make a career out of this approach to life. But short of the cost, time and requirements of going to medical school, becoming a physical therapist, chiropractor or registered nurse, what options are available? There are plenty, and they present a variety of requirements and rewards. WellWell has pulled a few examples for those looking to take a feel-good plunge into a career in health and wellness. There are many other options as well.
Wellness Program Manager
Approximate Salary: $45,000 – $90,000
Wellness Program Managers work for or with corporations, fitness clubs, rehabilitation centers, nonprofit health groups and community health organizations to develop and lead exercise, fitness, preventative care and nutrition programs. The role includes tracking and reporting program progress and goals while managing budgets and staff. Those interested need a bachelor’s degree in public health, fitness or a related field and have strong leadership, organization and communication skills.
Registered Nutritional Therapist
Approximate Salary: $60,000
These therapists provide nutritional guidance in private practice, clinics or other organizations. It is a popular job, and many states require licenses or state registration for dietitians and nutritionists. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who are certified earn higher level salaries. They also hold bachelor’s degrees and have had internships. These therapists can specialize further in the areas such as sports dietetics, oncology nutrition or pediatric nutrition.
Personal Health Coach
Approximate Salary: $30,000 – $55,000
It can be a full or part-time job, though it usually requires a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, nutrition or another health-related field. These coaches usually enhance their skill
sets and earning capabilities through ongoing education and specialty certifications. It allows them to more effectively assess client needs and create diet, exercise, lifestyle and stress management plans for better results.
Injury Prevention Coordinator
Approximate Salary: $37,500 – $62,000
As the name implies, these professionals create injury prevention programs for healthcare facilities that can extend into improved treatment and trauma care, community education and even media outreach. A bachelor’s or master’s degree in public health, social work or a related field is needed.
Approximate Salary: $55,000 – $85,000
Aromatherapy work does not require formal education, licensing or certification. These therapists offer physical and emotional relief through private practice or in association with various healthcare facilities and use essential oils. If used in conjunction with massage therapy, a license or certification may be required. Natural Therapies Certification Board and the nonprofit National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, among other groups, train aromatherapists.
Health and Wellness Advisor
Approximate Salary: $30,000 – $68,500
The individuals usually work on individual case management as part of an interdisciplinary team. Opportunities for advancement depend on skill level, location and experience. A bachelor’s degree in a healthcare-related field and two to three years of experience in a related field are usually required to secure a position.
Wellness Program Coordinator
Approximate Salary: $40,000 – $65,000
A coordinator’s role involves planning and managing employee health and fitness activities. It could include organizing classes, speakers, seminars, personal training and fitness assessments.A bachelor’s degree in health education, psychology, counseling, social work or a related field and several years of experience developing wellness programs are required. Strong organizational, communication and people skills are needed as well.
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