Life coaches are a type of coach or counselor whose clients are in major transition phases in life, such as advancing a career or reorganizing finances. Different from therapists, life coaches are analyzers and healers who support personal growth and aid clients in reaching their full potential through goal-setting and behavior modification.
Being an active listener with strong interpersonal skills is critical, as is attention to detail, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and being highly organized. Responsibilities for life coaches generally include meeting with clients regularly to discuss needs, goals, and progress; developing realistic stepping stones and plans; keeping records of client progress, and acting as a source of inspiration and encouragement.
The majority of life coaches work for themselves, with some finding employment at universities and corporations or at a handful of large life coaching firms. There aren’t strict educational requirements to become a life coach, but most choose to get a life coaching certification or earn a degree in counseling or psychology. Demand for life coaches is expected to increase by 8% through 2024.