Fitness and Wellness Coordinators

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ABOUT FITNESS AND WELLNESS COORDINATOR CAREERS
Video transcript

Juggling or playing tennis takes physical coordination, but the coordination of fitness and wellness goals takes another level of expertise. That's where fitness and wellness coordinators come in to tailor health programs and services to fit the needs of individuals and communities. Fitness and Wellness Coordinators offer one-on-one sessions to develop wellness and nutrition goals that fit a client's budget and schedule. They often develop and teach group classes and coordinate equipment and facilities. Surveys help them measure participants' satisfaction with the program and identify new program ideas. These health professionals also supervise specialists, instructors, health educators, and nutritionists who can provide more detailed guidance in specific areas. Coordinators work for wellness programs in large corporations, for cities or communities, in senior residences, insurance providers, and others. Work schedules vary depending on the setting and employer. The majority of fitness and wellness coordinators have a bachelor's degree in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, or a related field, and a few have master's degrees. Most are also required to obtain a professional certification.

SNAPSHOT
Manage or coordinate fitness and wellness programs and services. Manage and train staff of wellness specialists, health educators, or fitness instructors.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
LOW
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
MED
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Organize and oversee events such as organized runs or walks.

Interpret insurance data or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) data to develop programs that address specific needs of target populations.

Organize and oversee health screenings or other preventive measures, such as mammography, blood pressure, or cholesterol screenings or flu vaccinations.

Conduct needs assessments or surveys to determine interest in, or satisfaction with, wellness and fitness programs, events, or services.

Maintain or arrange for maintenance of fitness equipment or facilities.

Track cost-containment strategies and programs to evaluate effectiveness.

Prepare or implement budgets and strategic, operational, purchasing, or maintenance plans.

Teach fitness classes to improve strength, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning, or general fitness of participants.

Select or supervise contractors, such as event hosts or health, fitness, and wellness practitioners.

Supervise fitness or wellness specialists, such as fitness instructors, nutritionists, or health educators.

Organize and oversee fitness or wellness programs, such as information presentations, blood drives, or training in first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
TOP SKILLS
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.