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Careers in Health Promotion and Wellness

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Health promotion and wellness careers help people change their clients’ lives for the better. These careers require an enormous amount of time working with clients. The education requirements may vary, but success in these careers requires superior communication skills, competence in public speaking and teaching ability.

Natural Health Consultant

Natural health consultants specialize in educating people on medical alternatives to traditional health care. Consultants may focus on one area of wellness, such as chiropractic therapy, nutrition or acupuncture. Typically, natural health consultants evaluate clients' symptoms and health concerns and make treatment plans. Consultants also provide and promote alternative health information. Many people in this field have a bachelor’s degree in naturopathy, nutrition, natural health or herbal science, according to Degree Finders. Consultants can obtain optional certifications through the National Association of Certified Natural Health Professionals to improve their job opportunities. As of July 2014, the average annual salary for a certified natural health consultant was $50,000, according to Simply Hired. Pay varies depending on your experience, the employer and the job location.

Health Educator

Health educators work with clients to encourage better health habits. These educators strive to prevent injuries, medical conditions and problems such as obesity. They typically teach clients in groups or one-on-one and assess their needs. They then try to meet those needs by teaching clients about proper nutrition, exercise, preventive care and protection against sexually transmitted diseases. Entry-level positions normally require at least a bachelor’s degree in health education. However, some positions require a master's degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health educators seeking better job opportunities can obtain certification from the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing. In 2013, the average salary for health educators was $53,800 a year, according to the BLS.

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Dietitian Role

Dietitians are nutrition professionals who specialize in educating their clients on proper nutrition to prevent diseases, maintain healthy weight and improve wellness. Dietitians create meal plans and may oversee preparation of meals. Dietitians must have at least a bachelor’s degree in an area such as nutrition or dietetics. As of 2013, the average salary for dietitians and nutritionists was $56,300 per year.

2016 Salary Information for Dietitians and Nutritionists

Dietitians and nutritionists earned a median annual salary of $58,920 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, dietitians and nutritionists earned a 25th percentile salary of $47,200, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $71,840, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 68,000 people were employed in the U.S. as dietitians and nutritionists.

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