Health Coach

Job Description

The health coach job description calls for an individual who is capable of instructing others in order to provide them with a healthier way of life. These individuals may work for hospitals or clinics, but they may also work on a freelance, per-contract basis and be hired directly by their clients.

Careers Ladder


In order to work as a health coach, an individual should possess at least a Bachelor’s degree in a field such as health education, nursing, athletic training or nutrition. He or she will need vast knowledge regarding topics such as weight management, nutrition, pre- or post-natal care, reducing stress, handling chronic conditions and more. Since some experience as a healthcare provider is necessary, many health coaches start out working as nursing assistants, nutrition counsellors or nurses and work their way up.


  • Communicator
  • Dedicated
  • Determined
  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Flexible
  • Friendly
  • Independent
  • Innovative
  • Interpersonal
  • Motivated
  • Organised
  • Open-minded
  • Passionate
  • Patient
  • People-Person 
  • Persistent
  • Polite
  • Positive
  • Problem Solving
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Self-Motivated
  • Versatile

Key Skills

  • Advising
  • Active listening
  • Building rapport
  • Holistic expertise
  • Training
  • Health, Nutrition and Fitness
  • Mindfulness

Future Prospects

Due to vast size of the health related industry there are many positions you could move into. These include;

  • Private coaching
  • Group coaching or wellness workshops
  • Wellness centres or doctor's offices
  • Online programs
  • Education and reform initiatives
  • Product development
  • Writing or blogging