Wellness coordinators develop fitness and wellness programs for an organization or health facility. The coordinator hires fitness staff and ensures workers have the appropriate education and training. Those in the position must maintain a facility budget and purchase supplies and equipment. A wellness coordinator may work in a health care, rehabilitation or fitness facility.
A bachelor’s or master’s degree enhances job opportunities for wellness coordinators. The coordinator should complete a program of study in exercise, occupational therapy, gerontology, health education, health and wellness, exercise science or sports management. The educational program should prepare the student to develop wellness programs for clients such as those in a senior center or rehabilitation facility. Wellness coordinators may complete business courses to manage budgets and manage employees in the health facility.
Wellness coordinators should have experience in the field of exercise, physical therapy or rehabilitation. Candidates for a wellness coordinator position should have experience working with clients and developing wellness programs such as physical fitness plans or rehabilitation programs. Experience in the field may qualify a job candidate for the position without an advanced education. Candidates may have experience working with a specific client population such as seniors or disabled patients.
A wellness coordinator must have skills working with the public in the health and wellness field. Coordinators have good verbal communication skills to explain procedures and programs to clients. Written communication skills help the coordinator prepare reports and written wellness programs for clients as well. A coordinator also has the ability to inspire and motivate clients to implement fitness and wellness programs.
Professional certifications and credentials can enhance job opportunities for wellness coordinators. The American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America offer professional physical fitness certifications. Personal trainers and group exercise instructors can complete training programs, workshops and professional certification programs to improve opportunities.