Emerging occupations typically are the result of:
- an increased human need
- technological advances
- greater specialization within an occupation.
Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. It can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook.
Health coaches may be self-employed or work for:
- private companies that offer employee or corporate wellness services
- health insurers
- social service agencies
- human resources management departments.
Health coaches can be hired as contractors or employees. Employees can advance to become supervisors or managers. More education and experience in counselling can improve prospects for advancement.
Health coaches are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4212: Social and community service workers. In Alberta, 76% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
- size of the occupation.
In Alberta, the E212: Community and Social Service Workers occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.9% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 354 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.