What do Wellness Coaches Do Exactly?

If you’re passionate about wellness and have a natural affinity towards healthy lifestyles, eating well or fitness, becoming a Wellness Coach could be a perfect career fit for you.
What is a Wellness Coach?
Wellness Coaches are coaches who specialize in supporting people to be healthy and to make positive health and lifestyle changes. Wellness Coaches focus on preventative measures such as healthy eating, lifestyle changes, fitness and self-care.
Wellness Coaching applies an integrated, holistic approach to health and well-being, examining factors such as eating habits, lifestyle choices, and the impact that career, relationships, stress, physical activity and other life factors have on the whole person.  Wellness Coaches take a holistic perspective and work with clients to achieve balance in all areas of their health.
Where do Wellness Coaches work?
Wellness Coaches may work in a variety of settings. Many Wellness Coaches work in private practice. Wellness Coaches may also work in alternative or traditional medical clinics, within school systems or in businesses that foster healthy workplaces. Wellness Coaches can work with clients in-person or via phone or internet. Some Wellness Coaches lead small groups, teach classes, workshops or webinars.
Wellness Coaching is one of the fastest growing careers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of jobs for Health & Wellness Coaches will increase by 21% in the next seven years, calling it “the fastest growing source of employment in the economy.” Both individuals and corporations are looking to hire Wellness Coaches. Click here to learn more about your Career Opportunities as an IAWP Certified Wellness Coach.
What should I look for in a Wellness Coach training program?
Choosing the right health and wellness coach training program for your education is important.  You should consider the following:
Where will the training take place? Training programs may be taught in person or via distance learning, including online classrooms, tele-training or other virtual teaching methods.
Is the training accredited? Be sure to find out if your training program is accredited and if you will receive certification and/or licensing during your program.  You may also inquire whether or not you will receive continuing education as a part of your training program.
What is the success rate of Wellness Coach graduates? The best way to learn about success of a school’s graduates is to ask to speak directly with graduates of the program or be directed to their websites so you can learn more about what they are doing post-training. You can ask graduates what they liked about the training and how they are using their training now in the real world.
What ongoing support is provided to students and graduates? Some Wellness Coach training programs may offer ongoing business or marketing support for graduates. Inquire about whether or not this training is provided as part of your education is important. You will need to learn how to market your new business which requires additional skills you will need once you finish your program.
Would I Make a Good Wellness Coach?
A Wellness Coach should possess certain traits, including:

  • passionate about health and wellness
  • enjoys helping others
  • able to listen and provide feedback

Some new skills may be acquired during your training, including how to motivate, inspire, lead, coach, teach advise and educate others about health and wellness.


Love, Health and Success,


Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. For more information and for your complimentary Wellness Coach Career Kit, please visit http://www.wellnesscoachsuccess.com



5 thoughts on “What do Wellness Coaches Do Exactly?

  1. marceline carroll

    Very excited and interestedvin pursuing this, i am passionate about health and wellness, homeopathic medicine and have helped others on a small scale ! A nurse by proffession I know firsthand the effects of masking symptoms and not addressing the root cause by implementing a lifestlye change in core nutritional values, homeopathic methods, etc.I need info re: cost, length of program, method of learning, etc. Would like to talk to someone but I workfulltime, get homr around 415 pm M- F

  2. Suzanne Post author

    Hi Marceline, Thanks for your post and its sounds like you really have a passion for health and wellness. Natural methods like holistic nutrition and homeopathy are a part of our curriculum. Please send an email to Jacki at [email protected] so she can get you set up to speak to one of our Admissions Advisors at a time that works for you! Love, Health & Success, Suzanne Monroe

  3. Toni Price

    I am a mother of 6 children and a student at Kaplan for my Bachelors in Health and Wellness. Just got my certification as a Life Coach. I have PTSD and anxiety issues and I over came two eating disorders with nutrition and Fitness. I am med free and my older sons who also have the disorder (due to trauma we went through years ago) are med free. I have learned to control my mind and body to give me a healthy balance. My goal is to help others realize they can do the same. I want people to understand that it is not about being skinny but about being healthy. That all areas of your life have to be balanced to give you total happiness. Health and wellness is a huge area that many get lost in. My goal is to help them believe in themselves and live a healthy happy great life 🙂 Being a wellness coach is a goal of mine as I want to be able to hit all areas to help someone as much as I can.

  4. Suzanne Post author

    Hi Toni, Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. I love when people who have gone through their own challenges take it to the next level and want to teach others how to be healthy. Your story will be very powerful when you become a Wellness Coach. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to learn more about the IAWP Wellness Coach Certification program. We’d love to hear from you!
    Love, Health & Success, Suzanne Monroe

  5. Randy Nelsen

    I have been in the nursing field for 14 years, received my NASM Personal Trainer Certification on 9-24-2014. Presently, I am working on my Health Coach Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). I have also obtained an MBA in Healthcare Management in 2011. Someday I would like to start my own Wellness Coaching business.

    I am very impressed with your Wellness Coach program. I would love to obtain a scholarship for your Wellness Coach Certification program!

    Thank you for the opportunity to achieve success in Wellness Coaching!
    Randy Nelsen

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