What does a Health Coach do?

An exercise physiologist is responsible for developing a fitness plan for an individual recovering from an injury or illness. They are responsible for ensuring that the patient can increase their mobility. A few of the main duties of an exercise physiologist are assessing a patient's needs, consulting patients on a best plan of action, developing exercise programs, and performing fitness tests. They also have to create reports based on a patient's progress Some of the job titles that an exercise physiologist had in the past would be personal trainer and health coach.

An exercise physiologist should have two years of experience in a similar role as well as a Master's degree in exercise physiology. One of the most important skills that an exercise physiologist will have is the ability to connect with patients. Another skill is exercise knowledge as the exercise physiologist will have to create an exercise plan for a patient.

What responsibilities are common for Health Coach jobs?
  • Create exercise plans for patients
  • Administer fitness tests
  • Grade overall fitness of a patient
  • Consult patients on a best plan of action
  • Assess a patient's needs
  • Improve the overall health of a patient
  • Maintain accurate records of exercises performed
  • Monitor heart rate during training sessions
What are the typical qualifications for Health Coach jobs?
  • Master's degree in exercise physiology
  • Ability to create a fitness plan for a patient
  • Ability to administer a fitness test
  • Great attention to detail
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to use EKG equipment
  • Deep knowledge of exercises
  • Ability to sympathize with patients
  • Great interpersonal skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does a Health Coach make?

Confident
$75,472 /yr
Total Pay
$48,201
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$27,271
 /yr

Additional Pay

$75,472

 / yr
$33K$433K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Health Coach Career Path

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L2
Exercise Physiologist
$70,172/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
72%
2 - 4
15%
5 - 7
1%
8+
12%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Health Coach Insights

Read what Health Coach professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Ascension HealthAscension Health
Exercise Physiologist
Mar 30, 2021

“pay was not good and they did scale your pay based on years of experience in the field”

Performance Physical Therapy (RI, MA)Performance Physical Therapy (RI, MA)
Exercise Specialist
Aug 10, 2021

“You make great friends with your coworkers and form amazing relationships with the patients you work with.”

LabcorpLabcorp
Recreation Officer
Mar 9, 2022

“training throughout your tenure all you have to do is request it if you require more.”

CyberbackerCyberbacker
Health and Wellness
Jun 24, 2022

“Because working with Cyberbacker is 100% WORK FROM HOME and is such a great blessing specially to a mom like me.”

NoomNoom
Health Coach
Jun 13, 2022

“There is little opportunity for growth in your role and people should not expect it for such an entry level role.”

HealthCare SupportHealthCare Support
Health Coach
Sep 25, 2020

“Helpful and enthusiastic people to work with.”

Align Weight Loss & Body BalancingAlign Weight Loss & Body Balancing
Health Coach
Aug 25, 2020

“This is one of the most amazing companies and teams that I have had the pleasure to work with.”

Brookdale Senior LivingBrookdale Senior Living
Health and Wellness Director
Jul 23, 2021

“I was given an opportunity and was able to learn a lot in this position.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of exercise physiologists

The typical day of an exercise physiologist includes working with athletes and those recovering from an injury to implement exercise into their recovery plan. A career as an exercise physiologist includes working closely with patients to understand their symptoms and limitations in order to create an exercise plan that improves flexibility and muscle strength.

The best part about becoming an exercise physiologist is that they can work in a variety of environments, making it an in-demand career. They typically have good working conditions and the opportunity to choose a schedule they prefer. Many exercise physiologists also have the opportunity to specialize in treating certain conditions.

Working as an exercise physiologist can be physically laborious at times, as they may have to help patients who have minimal mobility. One of the challenges of being an exercise physiologist is that they often have to adjust their treatment plans to accommodate unique mobility needs.

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