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10 Careers In Wellness That Bring In Big Bank

Try tapping into this multibillion-dollar industry with these top picks.

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With all that's going on with COVID-19, many have decided to begin paying closer attention to their health and wellness. And sis, the wellness industry is now worth an estimated $40 billion, making it one lucrative industry to get into. With trends like at-home fitness, digital detoxing, and cannabis infusion, there's an open avenue to break into or level up for finding the best careers in health and wellness.


Here are 10 opportunities that are not only growing in demand but are bringing in a nice chunk of change:

1.Registered Nutritional Therapist

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The median income for a Registered Nutritional Therapist is a little more than $60,000 annually, and it's definitely a career that is in common demand. Becoming registered gives you a bit more credibility, and many schools offer programs to get the credentials you'll need. Nutritional therapists typically have their own practices and offer luxury or alternative health plans to ensure their clients health and wellness goals are met. Some also work for clinics and organizations to serve their patients' needs.

2.Wellness Literary Agent

You can make an average of $59,000 as a wellness literary agent, and if you're up on wellness industry trends and news and have experience in publishing, PR, or sales, it's a gig you might be great at. You'll have to get your clients' books in front of publishers and sometimes you'll even be part of the edit and update process of a work. You'll also be handling contracts and making sure your clients get the best deal. And don't sleep on the book industry: More than 60 billion units of actual print books are still being consumed by Americans and the audiobook industry continues to show strides at more than $1 billion in revenue last year.

3.Nutrition Influencer and Blogger

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If you're passionate about all things nutrition and are a great writer, this is a great fit. The starting annual salary for a nutrition influencer and blogger is a little above $33,000 but can grow to more than $80,000, especially if you write for your own website and create your own brand. You can take it to the next level and either run a YouTube channel or blog for a major food, wellness, or healthcare brand (which can bring in an average of $50,000 per year) or start one of your own and join the ranks of influencers making six figures or more.

4.Corporate Wellness Administrator

You can make a median income of $63,000 per year doing a job that involves managing the administration of wellness benefits for employees of a company or corporation. You'll need a bachelor's degree for this job and a few years of experience, and if you have a passion for finding the best options for others to ensure their ultimate wellness, the role of a Corporate Wellness Administrator is worth a try.

5.Virtual Fitness Trainer

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Though some gyms have reopened, many are still taking hits due to many fitness buffs and budding health enthusiasts doing more of their workouts at home. Health and fitness equipment sales more than doubled between March and October of last year, according to research, and trainers have began going virtual, offering classes, one-one-one training and boot camps that people can do from the comfort of their own homes. The virtual fitness market is set to hit more than $59 billion by 2027, and if you can cater to a niche and get certified, you could potentially become a self-employed, very wealthy phenom. If entrepreneurship is not your thing, you can still work as a trainer for a major gym or other organization making a starting average of at least $46,000 a year, a number that goes up substantially based on your experience, certifications, and caliber of client.

6.Wellness App Creator

Wellness apps are reportedly booming and set to bring in more than $14 billion in revenue within the next seven years. If you have great ideas, are in the tech industry already, or simply have an eye for app savvy, get on the train, sis! Creating an app is not as hard as one might think, but it does require quite a bit of planning, research and marketing in order to get it off the ground. You can also work for a tech company and make an average of $64,000 to $96,000 developing mobile apps. Having a bachelor's in computer science, programming, or software engineering is great (especially if you're into the traditional job of working for another company), but a few app creators simply took courses, hired outside vendors to build it, or worked with partners to bring their wellness apps to life.

7.Massage Therapist

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Jobs as a massage therapist are set to grow by 21 percent into 2029, and the median salary is almost $43,000 per year. Depending on your location, you'll need certain certifications and hours of experience in order to legally practice as a massage therapist, and you can even build your own practice of clients. Even in pandemic times, massage therapists are finding unique ways to offer services like expert virtual stretch sessions, massage instruction for people with special needs, and one-on-one personal sessions within sanitized environments like clients' homes or doctor's offices.

8.Virtual Therapist

You can choose to get licensed (as a licensed practical counselor or LPC) or become a non-licensed practitioner (who has a master's degree and can offer lay counseling for life coaching and services of that nature) who helps people in the area of mental wellness. Some licensed counselors work for schools, nonprofits or corporations, while some have their own practices with specialties in EMDR methods or psychotherapy. Some non-licensed counselors lead church ministries, counsel women in nonprofit programs or have their own coaching programs. Online therapy services are charging upwards of $100 per hour, and the average salary for a therapist stands at $69,000 for those with licensure and $64,000 for unlicensed counselors.

9.Personal Wellness Chef

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Starting at an average of more than $44,000 per year (with an increase potential of up to $62,000), this job is a great one if you're well-informed (in some cases, certified) in nutrition or a niche like vegan, raw, cannabis-infused, or gluten-free dishes. Some chefs focus in on certain client goals (ie.. weight loss, weight gain, muscle building, diabetes maintenance, or hypertension control) while others specialize in creating plans for people with allergies or other disorders. You can start your own mobile or personal chef business or work for restaurants and even food brands, creating menus or tailored dishes for mass production.

10. Longevity Wellness Specialist

This gig allows you to focus in on creating plans for people to not only live long lives, but the best version of that. You'll teach clients or groups how to sustain a healthy lifestyle, what supplements and other resources they should tap into to boost quality of life and incorporate management of sustainability of wellness. The average salary is $44,000 per year but salary potential can increase to up to $90,000.

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You may not know her by Elisabeth Ovesen – writer and host of the love, sex and relationships advice podcast Asking for a Friend. But you definitely know her other alter ego, Karrine Steffans, the New York Times best-selling author who lit up the literary and entertainment world when she released what she called a “tell some” memoir, Confessions of a Video Vixen.

Her 2005 barn-burning book gave an inside look at the seemingly glamorous world of being a video vixen in the ‘90s and early 2000s, and exposed the industry’s culture of abuse, intimidation, and misogyny years before the Me Too Movement hit the mainstream. Her follow-up books, The Vixen Diaries (2007) and The Vixen Manual: How To Find, Seduce And Keep The Man You Want (2009) all topped the New York Times best-seller list. After a long social media break, she's back. xoNecole caught up with Ovesen about the impact of her groundbreaking book, what life is like for her now, and why she was never “before her time”– everyone else was just late to the revolution.

xoNecole: Tell me about your new podcast Asking for a Friend with Elisabeth Ovesen and how that came about.

Elisabeth Ovesen: I have a friend who is over [at Blavity] and he just asked me if I wanted to do something with him. And that's just kinda how it happened. It wasn't like some big master plan. Somebody over there was like, “Hey, we need content. We want to do this podcast. Can you do it?” And I was like, “Sure.” And that's that. That was around the holidays and so we started working on it.

xoNecole: Your life and work seem incredibly different from when you first broke out on the scene. Can you talk a bit about the change in your career and how your life is now?

EO: Not that different. I mean my life is very different, of course, but my work isn't really that different. My life is different, of course, because I'm 43. My career started when I was in my 20s, so we're looking at almost 20 years since the beginning of my career. So, naturally life has changed a lot since then.

I don’t think my career has changed a whole lot – not as far as my writing is concerned, and my stream of consciousness with my writing, and my concerns and the subject matter hasn’t changed much. I've always written about interpersonal relationships, sexual shame, male ego fragility, respectability politics – things like that. I always put myself in the center of that to make those points, which I think were greatly missed when I first started writing. I think that society has changed quite a bit. People are more aware. People tell me a lot that I have always been “before my time.” I was writing about things before other people were talking about that; I was concerned about things before my generation seemed to be concerned about things. I wasn't “before my time.” I think it just seems that way to people who are late to the revolution, you know what I mean?

I retired from publishing in 2015, which was always the plan to do 10 years and retire. I was retired from my pen name and just from the business in general in 2015, I could focus on my business, my education and other things, my family. I came back to writing in 2020 over at Medium. The same friend that got me into the podcast, actually as the vice president of content over at Medium and was like, “Hey, we need some content.” I guess I’m his go-to content creator.

xoNecole: Can you expound on why you went back to your birth name versus your stage name?

EO: No, it was nothing to expound upon. I mean, writers have pen names. That’s like asking Diddy, why did he go by Sean? I didn't go back. I've always used that. Nobody was paying attention. I've never not been myself. Karrine Steffans wrote a certain kind of book for a certain kind of audience. She was invented for the urban audience, particularly. She was never meant to live more than 10 years. I have other pen names as well. I write under several names. So, the other ones are just nobody's business right now. Different pen names write different things. And Elisabeth isn’t my real name either. So you'll never know who I really am and you’ll never know what my real name is, because part of being a writer is, for me at least, keeping some sort of anonymity. Anything I do in entertainment is going to amass quite a bit because who I am as a person in my private life isn't the same a lot of times as who I am publicly.

xoNecole: I want to go back to when you published Confessions of a Video Vixen. We are now in this time where people are reevaluating how the media mistreated women in the spotlight in the 2000s, namely women like Britney Spears. So I’d be interested to hear how you feel about that period of your life and how you were treated by the media?

EO: What I said earlier. I think that much of society has evolved quite a bit. When you look back at that time, it was actually shocking how old-fashioned the thinking still was. How women were still treated and how they're still treated now. I mean, it hasn't changed completely. I think that especially for the audience, I think it was shocking for them to see a woman – a woman of color – not be sexually ashamed.

I hate being like other people. I don't want to do what anyone else is doing. I can't conform. I will not conform. I think in 2005 when Confessions was published, that attitude, especially about sex, was very upsetting. Number one, it was upsetting to the men, especially within urban and hip-hop culture, which is built on misogyny and thrives off of it to this day. And the women who protect these men, I think, you know, addressing a demographic that is rooted in trauma that is rooted in sexual shame, trauma, slavery of all kinds, including slavery of the mind – I think it triggered a lot of people to see a Black woman be free in this way.

I think it said a lot about the people who were upset by it. And then there were some in “crossover media,” a lot of white folks were upset too, not gonna lie. But to see it from Black women – Tyra Banks was really upset [when she interviewed me about Confessions in 2005]. Oprah wasn't mad [when she interviewed me]. As long as Oprah wasn’t mad, I was good. I didn't care what anybody else had to say. Oprah was amazing. So, watching Black women defend men, and Black women who had a platform, defend the sexual blackmailing of men: “If you don't do this with me, you won't get this job”; “If you don't do this in my trailer, you're going to have to leave the set”– these are things that I dealt with.

I just happened to be the kind of woman who, because I was a single mother raising my child all by myself and never got any help at all – which I still don't. Like, I'm 24 in college – not a cheap college either – one of the best colleges in the country, and I'm still taking care of him all by myself as a 21-year-old, 20-year-old, young, single mother with no family and no support – I wasn’t about to say no to something that could help me feed my son for a month or two or three.

xoNecole: We are in this post-Me Too climate where women in Hollywood have come forward to talk about the powerful men who have abused them. In the music industry in particular, it seems nearly impossible for any substantive change or movement to take place within music. It's only now after three decades of allegations that R. Kelly has finally been convicted and other men like Russell Simmons continue to roam free despite the multiple allegations against him. Why do you think it's hard for the music industry to face its reckoning?

EO: That's not the music industry, that's urban music. That’s just Black folks who make music and nobody cares about that. That's the thing; nobody cares...Nobody cares. It's not the music industry. It's just an "urban" thing. And when I say "urban," I say that in quotations. Literally, it’s a Black thing, where nobody gives a shit what Black people do to Black people. And Russell didn't go on unchecked, he just had enough money to keep it quiet. But you know, anytime you're dealing with Black women being disrespected, especially by Black men, nobody gives a shit.

And Black people don't police themselves so it doesn't matter. Why should anybody care? And Black women don't care. They'll buy an R. Kelly album right now. They’ll stream that shit right now. They don’t care. So, nobody cares. Nobody cares. And if you're not going to police yourself, then nobody's ever going to care.

xoNecole: Do you have any regrets about anything you wrote or perhaps something you may have omitted?

EO: Absolutely not. No. There's nothing that I wish I would've gone back and said to myself, no. I don’t think at 20-something years old, I'm supposed to understand every little thing. I don't think the 20-something-year-old woman is supposed to understand the world and know exactly what she's doing. I think that one of my biggest regrets, which isn't my regret, but a regret, is that I didn't have better parents. Because a 20-something only knows what she knows based on what she’s seen and what she’s been taught and what she’s told. I had shitty parents and a horrible family. Just terrible. These people had no business having children. None of them. And a lot of our families are like that. And we may pass down those familial curses.

*This interview has been edited and condensed

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