Best Careers for Teachers: Compensation and Types of Coaching
The job outlook for coaches is just slightly above the national average for other jobs. The average yearly income for coaches is $26,950, although it is typically a bit higher if coupled with teaching other classes. Keep in mind that schools are only one place to coach. You might check into local fitness and recreation centers, community parks, and community organizations like the Y for potential jobs.
Being a coach is a wonderful way to blend guiding children and playing sports. However, there are some important drawbacks to consider. You will frequently put in amazingly long hours, especially during the season during which your sport is busy competing. It typically involves a fair amount of travel, which can mean time away from your family. It takes an ongoing dedication and passion that can be quite tiring, both physically and mentally.
Beyond the Field
Take time to do some brainstorming outside the box when it comes to coaching. Not all coaches teach athletics. There are a number of other types of coaches and each one involves the same basic talent: the ability to direct, instruct, and train an individual or team/group with the goal of developing and improving on a skill. For many people, coaching has become a very lucrative job, as the overhead and training is limited
What coaching jobs exist that don't involve keeping score? There are life coaches (What's missing in my life and how can I find it?); career coaches (Where do I go from here with these skills?); health coaches (Can I eat better and/or exercise more effectively?); date/relationship coaches (Where do I meet that special someone?); and childbirth coaches (When do I need to breathe and how fast?). Let's take a brief look at each one.
This field has seen tremendous growth in recent years. The International Coach Federation has more than 12,000 members worldwide, double what it had only five years earlier. The idea of life coaching got its start in the executive world (leadership and management training) and expanded from there. Virtually everyone has goals in life—things they want to accomplish but need extra or expert support and guidance to attain. That is where the life coach comes in. He or she is there to help you quit smoking or start exercising, improve your marriage or decrease your unnecessary stress. Currently, there is no required education or training program to complete for this job. It is not regulated by any agency. Some organizations offer a type of certification, but it is not necessary to have to hang out a life coach shingle with your name on it. To see a listing of current life coaches, check out http://www.lifecoach.com/.
- "If you are frustrated with an aspect of your life, not sure how to stop making the same choices you keep making, or just want to have more happiness, peace of mind, and passion—life coaching can do that for you."
— Rhonda Briitten, founder of the Fearless Living Institute
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