Wellness specialists typically work in settings such as medical clinics, gyms, spas, community centers, and corporate settings to perform screenings for client wellness and then assign wellness/exercise programs to these clients based on their health needs and preferences.
Progress is usually determined by conducting standard tests on participants and monitoring their vital signs and performance from then on. Over time, programs may be adjusted based on clients' progress, and in some cases wellness specialists focus on the overall health of a group. They may be responsible for planning, designing, and implementing wellness/exercise classes, and they also ensure that the certifications of wellness coaches are current and valid at all times. They must also monitor the quality of the classes and respond to feedback about potential improvements.
Wellness specialists may generate reports of the statistics of the facility, class use, and satisfaction of clients within these programs, and they may also be involved in marketing to increase participation in wellness programs and ensure that their efforts adhere to a given budget. Up-to-date BLS certification and a bachelor's degree in a health/wellness field are generally required for this position.
Wellness Specialist Tasks
Develop exercise programs and routines designed to improve health, reduce stress and prevent injuries.
Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care and exercise plans and provide nutritional counseling.
Develop policies for food and nutritional programs to assist in health promotion.
Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and exercise to improve their quality of life.
Develop curriculum and prepare manuals, visual aids, course outlines used in teaching.