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Job Title and Job Description

Health Coach

Using a holistic approach, I support individuals in decisions they make to improve their diet and lifestyle. I work remotely with clients all over the US, targeting equestrians. I love being able to make a positive, lasting change in the lives of others!

What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?

Health Coach, Wellness Coach, Success Coach, Psychologist, Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Dietitian, horseback rider, equestrian.

What new technology will be important?

Working remotely, I currently utilize phone and video conferencing, as well as detailed info on my website and social media. In the future, I think social media and affordable and easy-to-use customized communication portals for clients to access information will be important.

What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?

Certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (1 year program). Also, my background is in Marketing (4 year degree from Emerson College), so I have a good foundation on how to market/advertise my services, although IIN does incorporate business coaching.

What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?

IIN is a great place to start: http://www.equestrianhealthcoach.com/becoming-a-health-coach.html They help you create your niche and biz dev, as well as train you in over 100 different dietary theories. I do not recommend the USDA dietician route as it is a one-size-fits-all approach, however the science background in that program is thorough.

When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?

NO! I had no idea what I wanted to do. Now I have combined my passion for horseback riding with my career interest in health and wellness, and specifically target riders who want to improve their health and ride better in competition.

Skills Profile

Skills UsedRating (5=Most Important thru
1=Not Important)
Comments

Artistic 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Athletic / Physical 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important"Walk the talk" - lead by example 
Bilingual 1-Not Important  
Computer Technology 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat ImportantIf you don‘t know it, you can pay for assistance 
Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment 1-Not Important 
Creative Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantTo help clients make realistic goals 
Interpersonal 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantA must for working with clients 
Investigative / Fact Finding 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very ImportantFor info on diets, recipes, etc 
leadership and Supervising 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very ImportantFor when the biz grows to more than 1 
Logical Thinking 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very ImportantA must in order to run a successful biz 
Math 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Mechanical Understanding 1-Not Important 
Sales and Negotiation 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Scientific and Experimental 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Social Service / Helping Skills 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantNature of the job 
Teaching / Instructing 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantNature of the job 
Verbal Communication 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantMust be able to speak with clients competently  
Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important...as it relates to food! 
Understanding Yourself 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important"Walk to talk" - be an example 
Writing 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very ImportantBlogs, social media, articles, etc 
 

Interview By: Kimball Robeson, Founder and Health Coach