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Life Skills Coach

Life skills coaches prepare learners to deal effectively with personal issues by guiding them through activities such as self-discovery and behaviour identification exercises. They work with individuals and groups.

Also Known As

Community Support Worker, Counsellor/Advisor, Educator, Employment Counsellor, Instructor, Rehabilitation Services Practitioner, Teacher

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Community and Social Service Workers (4212) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Community and Social Service Workers (E212) 
  • 2011 NOC: Social and community service workers (4212) 
  • 2016 NOC: Social and community service workers (4212) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Community and Social Service Workers

2006 NOC: 4212

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
SOCIAL

Interest in consulting with social assistance recipients and pensioners to advise and aid them in locating and utitizing a variety of community resources; in referring clients to other social services; in counselling clients living in group homes and halfway houses and assisting in pre-release and release planning; in providing crisis intervention and emergency-shelter services; and in co-ordinating volunteer activities of community and social services organizations

METHODICAL

Interest in compiling information to participate in the selection and admission of clients to appropriate programs; to assess clients' relevant skill strengths and deficits; and in maintaining contact with other social service agencies and health care providers involved with clients to provide information and obtain feedback on clients' overall progress

innovative

Interest in assisting clients to sort out options and develop plans of action, and in implementing and organizing the delivery of life-skills workshops, substance-abuse treatment programs, behaviour management programs, youth services programs and other community and social service programs under the supervision of social workers and health care professionals

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Life skills coaches work with individuals and groups. Their duties and responsibilities vary from one position to another but, in general, they:

  • encourage independence and self-confidence
  • motivate individuals and facilitate adjustment to change
  • teach and model interpersonal, problem-solving skills and communication skills
  • define standards of acceptable behaviour and coach learners to modify behaviour as needed
  • help individuals define personal behavioural objectives and develop progress plans
  • create lesson plans
  • modify and deliver lessons as required to respond to participants' needs
  • help individuals identify and implement constructive solutions to problems
  • evaluate learners' performance and help learners evaluate their own performance
  • keep notes and records
  • refer participants to community resources.

Life skills coaches work as part of a social service team and are often involved in case conferences and case management sessions. They also may deliver career development programs (for more information, see the Career Development Professional occupational profile) or administer work experience programs.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 30, 2017
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

Life skills coaches work in a wide variety of settings. Their hours of work vary and may include evening and weekend hours.

Life skills coaches may work with people who have mental health issues, behavioural problems such as aggression, or legal issues. 

Because this work can be stressful, it demands emotional maturity.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Life skills coaches need to possess:

  • a genuine interest in helping people develop better ways of dealing with their problems
  • good judgment and stress-management skills
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • an ability to listen empathetically and non-judgmentally
  • an ability to keep contact with clients on a professional level
  • the creativity to develop new approaches and programs
  • good decision-making skills.

Life skills coaches should enjoy helping others, compiling information and developing innovative approaches to problem solving. They should also understand the principles behind behaviour modification and process of change.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Social and community service workers

2011 NOC: 4212

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between May 13, 2022 and Sep 23, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Health benefits: Health care plan
Construction Specialization: Client focus
Construction Specialization: Team player
Construction Specialization: Effective interpersonal skills
Construction Specialization: Excellent oral communication
Security and Safety: Criminal record check
Personal Suitability: Excellent oral communication
Personal Suitability: Initiative
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 30, 2017
  • Minimum Education Varies

Academic qualifications vary greatly in this occupation. Most life skills coaches have post-secondary education in a related discipline such as psychology or social work. Suitable certificate, diploma and degree programs are offered by post-secondary schools throughout Alberta. The ability to communicate in languages other than English, especially First Nations languages, is an asset.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

ABES (Alberta Business and Educational Services) - Calgary
Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Edmonton
Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Red Deer
Cambrooks College - Downtown Campus
Capstone Edge College
CLI College of Business Health & Technology - Calgary
CLI College of Business, Health and Technology - Edmonton North
MTG Healthcare Academy - Edmonton
NorQuest College
Robertson College - Calgary
Robertson College - Edmonton
Thompson Rivers University

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 30, 2017
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Life skills coaches work for social service agencies. They may be employees or work on a contract basis. Without further education, advancement opportunities are limited. Life skills coaches with career development education or experience may have more employment opportunities.

Life skills 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 affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 12,200 Albertans are employed in the Community and social service workers occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.9% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 354 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As life skills coaches form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for life skills coaches.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 30, 2017

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Social and community service workers

2016 NOC: 4212
Average Wage
$22.59
Per Hour
Average Salary
$36,834.00
Per Year
Average Hours
30.7
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.9
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 4212 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $35.06 $19.92 $17.67
Overall $15.55 $43.39 $22.59 $19.70
Top $17.50 $45.33 $26.32 $23.50

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Public Administration
Educational Services
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
ALL INDUSTRIES
Health Care & Social Assistance
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Information, Culture, Recreation

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
64%
64%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
21%
21%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
7%
7%
Vacancy Rate
2%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Law and Religious Studies
  • Social, Community and Protective Services

Updated Mar 30, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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