5 Successful Career Options You Have As A Health Coach
Sonya wanted to become a health coach, but she had one pressing question she needed answered first: “What career options will I have with a health coaching certification?”
She had worked in a corporate banking job for years, and it felt comfortable. She had a reliable paycheck, client base, and benefits, but she simply didn’t feel as if her life had much of a purpose.
She felt like she was punching the clock day in and day out without much to show for it, which led her to start thinking about what she really wanted out of life.
She had always had a strong passion for health and nutrition, especially after she overcame some health hurdles of her own, so she began exploring the possibility of a career change so she could start truly making a difference.
It sounded great, but she simply wanted to know that she could have some options in terms of employment if she was going to leave such a comfortable position to pursue her dreams.
If you’re like Sonya and have similar questions, you’re in luck!
Health coaching has risen 38% in the last few years and is continuing to grow.
In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a continued growth trajectory of 21% by 2024, which is a rate that is far faster than the average across industries.
What does this mean?
Not only is the demand for health coaching growing, but it’s expanding across industries, diversifying your career options, and creating limitless opportunities for health coaches across the globe.
Want to see what we mean? Read more about 5 successful career options you can have as a health coach.
5 SUCCESSFUL CAREER OPTIONS YOU HAVE AS A HEALTH COACH
1. YOU CAN START YOUR OWN BUSINESS.
Secondary to wanting to make a difference in the world and people’s lives, many people choose to become health coaches so they can start their own businesses and manage their own time.
Oftentimes, these coaches feel liberated by being able to experience freedom where they can make their own schedule and their own decisions about their business, what they do, how they do it, and how much money they make.
This is a great option for those who have always dreamed of entrepreneurship. It’s also a great option for people who have never thought about running their own business – especially since technology makes it so simple these days.
It’s perfect for stay-at-home parents who want to continue being with their kids daily while also doing something that inspires them and allows them to contribute to their household income.
Whether you want to work a few days a month or full time, ITN makes it easy for you to start the business of your dreams with done-for-you business building blueprints (that are so simple to use), clear and organized classes and trainings, proven tips on getting clients that work, done-for-you strategies on growing your business, and so much more.
We make sure to take all the guesswork and worry out of starting your own business so you can simply focus on how you’re going to use your passion to change the lives of those around you!
2. YOU CAN BECOME A SPECIALIST
Many ITN students find that they connect with a certain specialty, whether that is diabetes, autoimmune disease, fertility, cancer, or anything else for that matter.
Specializing in something that you connect with on a deeper level not only allows you to streamline your coaching efforts and your time, but it gives you more credibility, a higher level of demand, and increased career opportunities.
By choosing a niche to specialize in, you can easily have your own business and market specifically to those who have the condition you prefer to work with. Typically, specialists are able to charge more for their expertise, allowing them to see the clients they prefer to see without compromising their income.
Finding your niche and specializing in treating a specific group of people also has its perks in a clinical setting. With the increasing demand for health and wellness coaches, many health care providers and clinics are employee health coaches for their patients.
Find a healthcare specialist who treats patients in your niche near you and inquire about opportunities to work alongside them or get referrals from them.
3. YOU CAN WORK IN A DOCTOR’S OFFICE OR MEDICAL FACILITY
As you might remember from the previous section, the increase in demand for health coaches and holistic healing has brought forth a variety of opportunities for health coaches including employment at healthcare facilities.
Many outpatient clinics, chiropractic offices, private practices, and even dentists who are following the holistic health and wellness movement are beginning to think outside the box and hire more health coaches to help with their treatment plans.
These physicians are beginning to understand that simply telling their patients to lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise doesn’t work, and they’re seeing the need to have employees who can help their patients with these goals.
Not only can health coaches help hold patients accountable for their health and weight loss goals, but physicians are also understanding that they can be an integral part of the treatment plan since they bring a knowledge of nutrition and wellness to the table that isn’t widely taught in medical training.
4. YOU CAN WORK IN A CORPORATION
Many corporate businesses and start-up companies are realizing the importance of health and wellness for their employees. Gone are the days of generic “corporate wellness” programs. These companies understand that everyone is different and that health and wellness means something different to everyone.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management research, 58% of small firms and 85% of large firms offer health coaching in 2017 and that number is only growing.
Employers realize now that by employing health coaches, they not only see health care costs go down, but they see increased work ethic, fewer sick days being taken, and happier employees. And when employees are happy and healthy, they tend to do more than is expected of them.
As more and more corporations get on board with this trend, it’s a better time than ever to become a health coach and begin making an impact within an organization as well as in the world!
5. YOU CAN BECOME A HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE BLOGGER OR INFLUENCER
If you love to write and inspire others, becoming a health and lifestyle blogger or influencer might be a great career choice for you.
These individuals typically share their healthy habits, write about healthy practices, and even try out different products and services all in an effort to help others feel better and live a great life!
Influencers and experts will always be in demand and companies are always looking to associate themselves with these health coaches. They can sponsor your blog, pay you to become a spokesperson for their products, or compensate you just for sharing their offerings.
As we’ve mentioned, with the incredible expansion of the health coaching industry and the demand for health coaches everywhere, your career options are truly limitless.
Do you have a few favorite companies in mind you’d love to work for? Present them with the opportunity to employ you as their company-wide health coach. Show them some statistics for how you would be able to increase employee health and happiness and their overall bottom line.
Have a favorite gym? Offer your services or ask for referrals from them! While many gyms are beginning to hire health coaches, many more are still in the dark when it comes to providing nutrition advice, and this is a commonly asked for service.
Create an online business and hold group coaching session for people all over the country or all over the globe. Create your own product to sell. Become a sponsored blogger.
You can also be an author, a public speaker, a chef, an educator, host retreats, host cooking shows, create a site selling done-for-you meal plans, be an expert for the media, create your own products, start your own foundation, run health and wellness programs in your community and so much more!
Your career options truly are limitless!
The bottom line is… whatever it is that you want to do with your health coaching certification, now is the time to make it happen!
People need your help and they need you now more than ever before – which is great news when it comes to employment.
Plus, ITN has done it all for you. We have created the systems you need, the protocols you need to follow, done-for-you business blueprints, handouts and guides, and so much more. We’ve taken all the guesswork out of becoming a health coach so that whatever it is you want to do with your certification, it’s possible!
What is your health coaching dream job? What will you do to get one step closer to that today? Share in the comments!