Job description

Fitness and wellness coordinators work in a gym or and health facility where they manage its fitness and wellness programmes and services, including classes, seminars and special events.

They help people stay fit and healthy, and ensure the gym or health facility they work for complies with any state, local or national laws and regulations.

Duties

    • Develop and lead fitness and wellness programmes and services
    • Supervise staff, including fitness instructors and nutritionists
    • Conduct surveys to assess interest in or satisfaction with programmes, events or services
    • Coordinate schedules and resources
    • Ensure the safety and cleanliness of facilities and equipment
    • Organise training sessions and seminars for staff
    • Develop marketing campaigns for programmes and services offered at the facility
    • Work directly with clients to provide information and assistance with their health and fitness
    • Organise and run events such as walks and runs
    • Perform administrative tasks such as preparing budgets and purchasing plans

Skills, qualities and knowledge

Communication
Customer service
Motivational
Active listening
Problem-solving
Physical fitness
Coordination
Critical thinking
Social perceptiveness
Time management
Negotiation
Persuasion
Deductive reasoning

Working hours and environment

Average working hours

40hweek

Typical schedule

Full Time

Nights, weekends and holidays occasionally

Health and wellness coordinators work in a variety of settings, including gyms, universities, hospitals and assisted living facilities. They generally work behind a desk in an office but also spend some time outside their office overseeing the facility’s operations.

Salary

Bottom 10%

$44k

Median

$83k

Top 10%

$140k

Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.

Qualifications and training

Education level

Undergraduate

DVM / VMD degree

Study time

4years

You’ll generally need to complete a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, health education, physical education or a related subject to become a fitness and wellness coordinator. Some employers prefer candidates with a master’s degree, which usually takes an additional two years to complete.

Prior work experience as a lifeguard, personal trainer or fitness instructor can be advantageous. Depending on your employer, you may need to be CPR-certified or even be certified as a CPR instructor.

Job outlook

Projected growth
The projected growth rate of employment in the US from 2018 to 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme. The national average growth rate for all professions is 5%.

8%

No of new jobs
The number of jobs projected to become available in the US between 2018 and 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme.

3.7k

Automation risk
No data currently available.

N/A

Career progression

Fitness and wellness coordinators often start as fitness instructors or wellness educators to gain enough experience to coordinate a health facility’s fitness programmes.

With experience, you could open your own gym or go on to become a chief wellness officer at a large corporation. In addition, you could also start your own online business fitness business, providing online classes and fitness advice.