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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.

  • Avg. Salary $34,493.00
  • Avg. Wage $20.09
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook Up
  • Employed 12,200
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

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

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

65%
65%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Life Skills Coach is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Community and Social Service Workers
NOC code: 4212
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

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 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.

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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

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.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
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.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 30, 2017

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.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

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.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Social and community service workers
NOC code: 4212

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $13.05 $27.03 $18.10 $17.00
Overall $14.10 $30.00 $20.09 $18.59
Top $16.00 $34.78 $22.87 $20.48

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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.

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.


Industry Information
Public Administration
Educational Services
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Health Care & Social Assistance
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

65%
65%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

29%
29%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

6%
6%

2015 Vacancy Rate

2%
Related High School Subjects
  • Languages (other than English)
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Human and Social Services
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Law and Religious Studies
  • Social, Community and Protective Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Canadian Alliance of Life Skills Coaches and Associations website: www.calsca.wordpress.com

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

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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