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Health & Wellness Management

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Department: Health & Wellness Management

Program Type: Health Professions

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If you're passionate about fitness and enjoy helping others feel their best—make it your career! As Americans place an ever-increasing value on exercise and wellness, the demand for personal trainers, fitness specialists, and wellness consultants grows. These professionals promote, develop, and implement health and wellness routines. Students interested in the Associate degree in Health and Wellness Management Program should see an academic advisor or the program director create an educational plan.

Elgin Community College's Health and Wellness Management Program prepares you for a fulfilling career, from group fitness instruction and personal training to fitness center management. Classes offer solid anatomy, physiology, exercise science, kinesiology, and hands-on experience to enhance practical skills. 

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Prepare for Immediate Employment

The future employment outlook for Health and Wellness Management is positive. The demand for health and wellness management professionals is expected to grow as the population ages and the need for preventative health care increases. Additionally, the trend toward integrating wellness programs into the workplace is expected to continue, resulting in a greater need for professionals with expertise in this area. Job opportunities are expected to be available in various settings, including health care facilities, corporate wellness programs, and government agencies. Refer to Career Coach for more information regarding related occupations and compensation.

Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Review the ECC catalog for details about the health and wellness management plan of study and course descriptions.

Basic Vocational Certificates

Getting a Job as a Personal Trainer

Trainers instruct individuals in exercises, relying on their knowledge of physiology to determine the type and difficulty of the exercise, specific movements, and correct form. This includes a 10-week practical skill application at a local fitness/wellness facility. Students who pursue this option earn a Basic Vocational Specialist certificate in personal training. The program at ECC prepares students for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Personal Trainer certification exam.

Fitness trainers are in demand. If you're looking for a career as a personal trainer motivating others to exercise, helping seniors or people with disabilities, or working with people recovering from an injury, this might be the career for you. Graduates work in exercise physiology, helping others by developing individualized fitness and exercise programs. See details about the salary and job opportunities in personal training and individual coaching on the ECC Career Coach site.

Athletic Trainers and Group Fitness Professionals are in Demand

Group fitness instructors design and teach classes to deliver memorable experiences while helping participants achieve their fitness goals. You'll have the knowledge you need to become certified as a group fitness instructor. Students who pursue this option earn a Basic Vocational Specialist certificate as group fitness professionals. The program at ECC prepares students for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) group fitness instructor certification exam.

If you're interested in working with athletes as wellness specialists, group fitness professionals, health educators, or athletic coaches, you can expect higher-than-average job opportunities. See details about the salary and job opportunities in this exciting career field on the ECC Career Coach site.

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Earning an Associate Degree at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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