Wellness program managers most often work in gyms or health facilities. They are responsible for coordinating and planning the site's fitness activities, such as health classes, seminars, and special events. Many corporations are embracing healthy living and are hiring internal wellness program managers to ensure the fitness of their workforce as well; wellness program managers also work with universities, governments, school districts, hospitals, and assisted living facilities. In addition to focusing efforts on health and fitness, wellness program managers are responsible for making sure employers and facilities are following national, state, and local laws and regulations.
Typically, wellness program managers have at least a bachelor's degree in exercise science or a related field, but some employers require a master's degree in exercise science, fitness, or a related field as well. Prior experience in the wellness industry as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, or physical education or health teacher is often sought after by employers. First aid and CPR training and certification are also beneficial for those looking to work as wellness program managers.
Wellness program managers most often work regular business hours, although early morning or weekend hours for planned events may be required. Wellness program managers typically are responsible for reporting outcomes, budgeting, and developing marketing plans for their programs. In some companies, wellness program managers may also be responsible for sales goals, such as new enrollment, personal training sells, and member retention.
Wellness Program Manager Tasks
Supervise staff and give technical direction.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Develop, implement and manage health programs and evaluate effectiveness.
Oversee day-to-day operational and wellness activities and programs.
Monitor budget and utilize operational resources.