A wellness manager helps individuals achieve and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle through modifications to diet and exercise, as well as through other health-related programming such as smoking cessation programs. These professionals work in a variety of environments, such as nursing homes, private practices, hospitals and corporations. Wellness managers may evaluate their clients' health and history to create a customized plan, providing instructions to the client. In some cases, a wellness manager is a fitness coach that leads clients directly in exercises; this generally requires experience working in a gym environment (especially as a personal trainer). The wellness director may also be in charge of administering medicine to patients, as well as organizing health screenings and other wellness-related programming for their organization. They may organize health fairs, create programming to address high-risk issues, and plan classes and seminars.
Requirements for wellness manager positions vary based on the position and organization. A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is often required, with relevant experience typically required or preferred; in some environments, being a registered nurse is required as well. In instances in which the wellness manager leads individual or group exercises, he or she must be in sufficient physical shape to lead the exercises.
Wellness Manager Tasks
Oversee day-to-day operational and wellness activities and programs.
Monitor budget and utilize operational resources.
Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
Supervise staff and give technical direction.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.