What Can You Do With a Health & Wellness Degree?

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It seems like everywhere you go, you hear about the demand for healthcare careers. More workers are needed to handle the aging population. Thousands of jobs are being created. New technology is generating a higher demand. You can’t avoid all of the buzz.

You know you want to pursue a career in healthcare and that you want to make a difference in people’s lives, but perhaps not in the obvious direct patient-care settings. You’d prefer not to be confined to a hospital or clinic—you want to be out educating and inspiring people in the community.

After some research, you’re starting to think earning a health and wellness degree could allow you to do just that. It would allow you to capitalize on the booming healthcare field and help you better provide for you and your family. You also love the fact that it would allow you to benefit the lives of those in your community and leverage your existing stills and interests.

So now you’re probably wondering: What can you do with a health and wellness degree, exactly? Keep reading to familiarize yourself with five rewarding career options in this field.

What is a health and wellness degree?

Before getting too deep in the career details, it’s important to have a solid understanding of the degree itself. A Health and Wellness degree covers a broad range of industry knowledge with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of others. This is largely done through preventive action in healthcare. As an advocate of healthy living, a health and wellness professional utilizes many strategies and can be employed in a variety of different fields.

Health and Wellness degree programs typically cover behavioral and physical health, public policy, nutrition, wellness education, therapeutic communication and epidemiology, among other subjects.  Falling under the umbrella of health education, the outlook for the field is excellent, with health and wellness jobs expected to increase 16 percent through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).1 This is more than twice the average for all occupations, which is currently seven percent.

The diverse curriculum found in these programs helps prepare students to serve in a variety of health and wellness careers. When paired with your inherent qualities and passion for improving the lives of others, the skills you’ll acquire will help equip you for the rewarding healthcare career you’re seeking.

5 Career options for health and wellness degree holders

As you’ve just heard, there are several professional paths this degree can lead you down. Learn more about five potential health and wellness careers for graduates in this field.

1. Public health educator

Median annual salary (2017): $53,940*

Projected employment growth (2016–2026): 15 percent or higher*

A career in public health education involves educating entire communities about health practices and implementing programs to help people live a healthier lifestyle. In this position, you’ll develop programs for communities, schools and conferences, collaborating with health specialists to assess community health needs. You may also provide insight on health education needs to organizations.

2. Corporate wellness coordinator

Median annual salary (2017): $81,630*

Projected employment growth (2016–2026): 10–14 percent*

Another path you could pursue is that of a corporate wellness coordinator. This career will allow you to put your health and wellness degree to good use by assessing the fitness and wellness needs of organizations and workplaces. Corporate wellness professionals also design and manage wellness programs and services to promote healthy living.

3. Community health worker

Median annual salary (2017): $38,370*

Projected employment growth (2016–2026): 15 percent or higher*

Another option is to become a community health worker. As a community health worker, you’ll serve as a frontline to the community by providing vital access to health services. Community health workers most often work in marginalized sections of the communities, serving the underprivileged and providing healthcare information. As a community health worker, you would foster open communication between community members, clinics and social services.

4. Health services manager

Median annual salary (2017): $98,350*

Projected employment growth (2016–2026): 15 percent or higher*

Those pursuing a Health and Wellness degree can also choose to pursue a career in health services management. In this position, you’ll manage and coordinate health services for a clinic, department or facility. You may also specialize in an area of healthcare while overseeing operations and ensuring efficiency. If you consider yourself business savvy, becoming a health services manager might be the perfect fit for you.

5. Health coach

Median annual salary (2017): $53,940*

Projected employment growth (2016–2026): 15 percent or higher*

Another career option in this field is to become a health coach. This position will allow you to work with clients to assess their health needs and create goals for healthier lifestyles. You’ll likely work in a one-on-one setting, providing counseling services to your clients.

You’ll also educate and motivate clients on strategies to maintain their health, whether that’s through exercise, smoking cessation or stress management. Some health coaches go on to pursue Certified Health Coach credentials. A health coach may work in wellness centers, medical centers, schools and corporations.

Qualify yourself for these health and wellness jobs

Now you know that earning a health and wellness degree is certainly not a dead-end road. There are several rewarding paths to follow in this field—so which one best aligns with your skills and interests?

If you’re ready to land one of these health and wellness careers, then learn how the Rasmussen College Health and Wellness program can help prepare you for success in the field.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [information accessed April 23, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published in April 2015. It has since been updated to include information relevant to 2018.


Callie Malvik

Callie is the Content Manager at Collegis Education, overseeing blog content on behalf of Rasmussen College. She is passionate about creating quality resources that empower others to improve their lives through education.

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