USDOL O*NET program is seeking input from Fitness and Wellness Coordinators

As part of IDEA Health & Fitness Association's on-going effort to continually increase awareness of and support to the health and fitness industry, we are collaborating with Research Triangle Institute on behalf of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) sponsored by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). The USDOL O*NET program provides information regarding more than 900 occupations nationwide. The USDOL's O*NET data is available free of charge and used by millions of people who are exploring the world of work including students, educators, workforce development staff, veterans, workers, as well as many others.

O*NET will soon debut a new and emerging occupational classification titled Fitness and Wellness Coordinators and is currently seeking to identify eligible occupation experts (OE's) to provide relevant data about their profession. Those who meet the criteria below, and are randomly selected to participate, will each receive tokens of appreciation for their time and effort.


Please review the Fitness and Wellness Coordinators description (at the very bottom) to determine if you are a proper occupational match. In order to qualify, you must:
  • Fit the role description (see below)
  • Be based in the United States and have at least one year of professional experience performing as a Fitness and Wellness Coordinator and have a minimum of five years combined professional experience practicing, and/or teaching, consulting, supervising others who perform in this role
  • You must still be actively involved with the occupation

How to Participate

If you would like to participate, we ask that you please do the following:

  • Include in an e-mail the following: your full name, title, mailing address, daytime phone number, occupation of expertise (Fitness and Wellness Coordinators), subgroup/specialty area (if applicable), years of experience, and association affiliation (IDEA)
  • Send the email to Jean Leech at
  • If there are any questions - please feel free to email Jean or call her toll-free at 877-233-7348 extension 104.
  • Please respond by March 1, 2013.

Process and Participation Incentive

A random sample of members will be contacted by telephone. If you are selected, an O*NET representative will call you to request your voluntary participation. The call will last approximately 3 to 5 minutes to verify your eligibility and ask if you are willing to complete a set of questionnaires (paper or online versions available). By participating, you are contributing to a key resource, providing our nationís citizens with continuously updated occupational information. Each randomly selected participant will receive $40.00 cash along with an oak-framed certificate of appreciation from the USDOL.


All O*NET data collection procedures were approved by RTIís Institutional Review Board which protects the rights of research participants. To maintain privacy, only a few RTI staffers have access to individual level data and all have signed privacy agreements. Your expert input will be combined with that provided by other occupation experts, and will be used to define work values and worker characteristics for this occupation. The O*NET data is published and released at the occupation level only and/or reported in aggregate form only.

The USDOL's O*NET Program relies on the good nature of our IDEA member experts to accurately complete the occupational research. We greatly appreciate your participation in this research as we continue to advance fitness and health professions.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Title: Fitness and Wellness Coordinators

O*NET-SOC Code: 11-9039.52

Manage fitness and wellness programs and services. Direct and train staff of health educators, fitness instructors, or recreation workers.

Alternate Titles:
City Wellness Coordinator
Corporate Fitness Program Coordinator
Director of Sports, Fitness, and Wellness
Employee Assistance Program Wellness Coordinator
Fitness and Wellness Manager
Health and Wellness Coordinator
Health, Wellness, and Nutrition Coordinator
Recreation Manager
Wellness Director
Wellness Program Coordinator
Wellness Program Manager
Worksite Wellness Practitioner

Excluded SOC Code Job Titles:
25-3099.51 Adaptive Physical Education Specialists
29-9091.00 Athletic Trainers
39-9031.00 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
21-1091.00 Health Educators
25-1071.00 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
25-9031.00 Instructional Coordinators
11-9111.00 Medical and Health Services Managers
25-1193.00 Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

Core - Data Task List:
(The order of the tasks in this list does not imply relative importance to the occupation.)

1. Develop or coordinate fitness and wellness programs or services.
2. Supervise fitness or wellness workers, such as fitness instructors, recreation workers, nutritionists, and health educators.
3. Conduct or facilitate training sessions or seminars for wellness and fitness staff.
4. Develop fitness or wellness classes, such as yoga, aerobics, weightlifting, and aquatics, ensuring a diversity of class offerings.
5. Maintain wellness- and fitness-related schedules, records, or reports.
6. Manage or oversee fitness or recreation facilities, ensuring safe and clean facilities and equipment.
7. Operate, and instruct others in, proper operation of fitness equipment, such as weight machines, exercise bicycles, benches, hand weights, and fitness assessment devices.
8. Organize and oversee fitness or wellness events or programs, such as information presentations, blood drives, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or first aid training, or organized runs or walks.
9. Organize and oversee health screenings, such as flu, mammography, blood pressure, and cholesterol screenings.
10. Prepare and implement budgets and strategic, operational, purchasing, and maintenance plans.
11. Recommend or approve new program or service offerings to promote wellness and fitness, produce revenues, and minimize costs.
12. Respond to customer, public, or media requests for information about wellness programs and services.
13. Select and supervise contractors, such as event hosts or health, fitness, and wellness practitioners.
14. Teach fitness classes to improve strength, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning, or general fitness of participants.

Supplemental - Data Task List:
(The order of the tasks in this list does not imply relative importance to the occupation.)

15. Conduct surveys to determine interest in, or satisfaction with, wellness and fitness programs, events, or services.
16. Develop marketing campaigns to promote a healthy lifestyle or participation in fitness and wellness programs.
17. Maintain or arrange for maintenance of fitness equipment and facilities.
18. Provide individual support or counseling in general wellness or nutrition.
19. Track attendance, participation, or performance data related to wellness events.