Life Coach

Help people achieve their life goals.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$24,000 – $69,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Life Coaches do?

Sometimes, life’s like a really big kitchen with really tall cabinets: When you need something from the top shelf, you can’t always reach it. That’s when you break out the stepstool. A Life Coach is like that stepstool. When people can’t reach the proverbial top shelf, they hire a Life Coach to give them a boost.

When you’re a Life Coach, the top shelf is people’s personal and professional goals, while the boost is motivation, inspiration, structure, and support. Your clients might want to find new jobs, for instance, or learn new skills. They might want to stop smoking, lose weight, or write the great American novel. They might want to make new friends, meet new lovers, or build self-esteem.

Whatever it is, they want to improve their lives, but don’t know how. You give them the tools they need to succeed by meeting with them, setting goals, creating game plans, and, ultimately, making them accountable for their achievements and failures.

Because you help people alter their thinking and change their behaviors, you’re kind of like a Therapist. The key difference, however, is this: Therapists typically help people overcome issues from the past, and often help patients deal with mental illnesses or emotional disorders. You, on the other hand, are future-focused, helping people effect positive changes rather than overcome negative dysfunctions. It’s a fine but important distinction.

You’re not a Magician, so you can’t make people’s problems disappear. Instead, you’re more like a motivational Traffic Guard: Although you direct traffic, it’s up to your clients to do the driving.

Should I be a Life Coach?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Wellness Coach

    How to become a Life Coach

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