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Health Promotion, Wellness, & Fitness

Are you interested in looking holistically at the choices, behaviors, and lifestyles that support people’s overall well-being? If so, you might consider exploring careers in health promotion, wellness, and fitness. Careers in this field look comprehensively at people’s lives across various dimensions—physical, emotional, social, intellectual, environmental, spiritual, vocational, and financial—to support and encourage positive health behaviors and outcomes.

Explore Career Paths and Possibilities:

Below is a list of sample roles for students and alums interested in careers in health promotion, wellness, and fitness, including potential internships, post-grad entry points, and higher-level positions. Roles in this area can be found in schools and universities, government agencies, nonprofits, businesses, hospitals, and clinics.

Potential Internships:

  • Community Wellness Intern
  • Corporate Wellness and Fitness Program Intern
  • Health and Exercise Science Intern
  • Health and Wellness Intern
  • Outreach and Wellness Intern
  • Wellness and Health Promotion Intern

Post-Grad Entry Level Positions:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Community Health Program Coordinator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Outreach Specialist
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Health and Wellness Educator
  • Health Coach
  • Health Educator
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Prevention and Outreach Specialist

Higher-Level Positions:

  • Assistant Director, Nutrition and Wellness Programs
  • Chief Wellness Officer
  • Corporate Wellness Coordinator
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Fitness and Wellness Manager
  • Fitness Director
  • Group Fitness Manager
  • Head Athletic Trainer
  • Health and Nutrition Coach
  • Health and Wellness Program Director
  • Health Promotion Manager
  • Health Services Manager
  • Recreational Sports Director
  • Wellness Consultant

Trends:

Some industries change more quickly than others, and it is important to stay informed on the latest trends in your areas of interest to ensure that you are best preparing yourself for internships and full-time roles post-graduation. Below are a few resources to get you started.

Professional Organizations:

Professional associations offer excellent opportunities for networking, finding jobs and internships, and staying up-to-date on industry issues, trends, and research. Below are a few health promotion and wellness-related professional associations to get you started (click here for more tips on how to effectively engage with professional groups).

Transferable Skills:

  • Flexibility
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Stress management
  • Creativity
  • Resiliency
  • Certifications (e.g., CPR, first aid, personal training), project management, risk assessment (hard skills)