Rising healthcare costs, effects of the national health care law, and concerns about employee health and productivity are just a few reasons why more and more organizations are looking to implement wellness programs—and why we created the UW Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Management program.
By fostering healthier lifestyles and promoting the value of staying well, organizations are learning that they can slow the pace of rising health insurance premiums and improve the attendance and productivity of their employees—particularly those with chronic conditions.
But to achieve this healthy ROI, they need qualified professionals with the training to build engaging and effective health and wellness programs that have a positive and lasting effect on the organization’s culture.
The employment outlook for health and wellness professionals with the required knowledge and skills is positive. A November 19, 2014 article from BenefitsPro states that nearly 36 percent of employers expect to add wellness programs in 2015.
And according to the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), the nation’s primary source of occupational information, fitness and wellness coordinator is a “Bright Outlook” occupation—a new and emerging occupation in a high-growth industry.
O*NET defines a fitness and wellness coordinator’s duties as:
“Manage or coordinate fitness and wellness programs and services. Manage and train staff of wellness specialists, health educators, or fitness instructors.”
According to the 2013 WELCOA National Wellness Compensation Survey, the median salary for worksite wellness and affiliated health management personnel was $55,000.
Job titles in this field vary widely. Some examples:
- Corporate wellness coordinator
- Wellness/fitness manager
- Health promotions adviser
- Health improvement manager
- Health and productivity analyst
- Health coach
- Director of health promotion
- Community health and wellness director
Health and wellness professionals may find employment in a variety of settings, including:
- White-collar businesses
- Blue-collar manufacturing facilities
- Community agencies
- Insurance companies
- Healthcare systems
- Educational institutions
As a student in the UW Health and Wellness Management program, you will have the opportunity to apply your learnings in one of these settings as part of HWM 496, the capstone course which provides 100 hours of fieldwork in a real-world environment.
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Current students and alumni of the UW Health and Wellness Management program can take advantage of comprehensive career services—resume writing, mock job interviews, and more—to find professional employment after graduation. Visit our Career Services page to find the services offered by your home campus.
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