What does a Job Coach do?
Job Coaches typically work for corporations or as self-employed individuals to provide professional support to employees in various job positions. They work closely with employees and Managers to identify areas for improvement or training needs. Their job is to develop professional relationships with employees and provide encouragement for them to enhance their job performance. They may also be responsible for coordinating group training sessions if multiple employees need to improve in similar areas.
Job Coach skills and qualifications
Many soft skills that are learned in other areas of life and in other professions translate well to the role of Job Coach. Communication and working well with other people are two of the most important skills a Job Coach can have because of the routine interaction with employees. Skills and qualifications of a Job Coach include:
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Strong problem-solving and time-management skills
- Ability to stay organized when dealing with multiple employees simultaneously
- Prior experience working with people with disabilities
- Upbeat, motivational attitude
Job Coach salary expectations
The average salary for a Job Coach is $15.79 per hour or $32,989 per year. This estimate is based on 1,159 Career Coach salaries submitted anonymously by employees and users and gathered from past and present Indeed job postings over the past 36 months. The average tenure for a Job Coach is one to three years.
Job Coach education and training requirements
A Job Coach should have at least a high school diploma. A bachelor’s degree in one of the social sciences is a plus. There are some Job Coach certification courses that can provide additional training to help prepare you for a role as a Job Coach and help you hone your soft skills.
Job Coach experience requirements
Prior experience as a Job Coach is a plus for anyone looking to be hired as a Job Coach at a company. However, for someone looking to make a move into a Job Coach role, experience working on employee reports is desirable, as is delivering progress reports to company stakeholders. Because a Job Coach may work with employees with disabilities, previous experience is also a plus. Any previous roles in which mentoring other employees was a major part of the job functions is helpful as well because that type of skill translates well to the role of Job Coach.
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