How to Become a Life Coach in Nebraska

If you are looking for a new career in Nebraska, why not consider becoming a life coach? This is a growing career that offers flexibility, great opportunities to be self-employed, and work that is truly meaningful. And training to become a life coach doesn’t take long and does not require a college degree.

A life coach is someone who works with clients to set goals, work toward those goals, improve their lives and stay accountable for making positive changes. Some coaches are general and help clients in any area of their lives, while others specialize in career coaching, relationship coaching or wellness and health coaching.

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Job Requirements for Nebraska Life Coaches

In Nebraska, you don’t have to meet any official requirements to call yourself a life coach and begin working with clients. But it is strongly recommended that you at least have finished high school, have completed a life coach training program and have or are working toward life coach certifications. Having these qualifications will greatly increase your ability to win clients or find a regular job as a life coach.

Learning to Be a Life Coach

Because there is no government regulation of the industry, stick with training programs that are approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the most widely-recognized industry organization.

  • Gallup, Omaha. This international company has a location in Omaha and offers a training course that lasts just one week. The accelerated nature of the program allows you to start a coaching career quickly. The course focuses on strengths coaching, coaching for individual performance and coaching teams and managers.
  • American Life Coach Academy. Another option for coach training is to complete a self-paced or online program, which usually take a few months to finish. American Life Coach Academy offers a self-study course with 32.5 hours of training. The live, online training option includes 60 hours of training, which meets the requirements for certification.

National Certification for Life Coaches

The ICF offers three levels of certification. Many approved training programs will provide everything you need to qualify for becoming an Associate Certified Coach: 60 hours of training and 100 hours of coaching experience.

The next level is to become a Professional Certified Coach, which requires 125 training hours and 500 work experience hours. As a Master Certified Coach you must complete 200 hours of training through continuing education and have 2,500 hours of coaching experience under your belt. ICF certification is not required to be a coach, but it is useful for showing clients you are a trained, successful coach.

Life Coach Salaries in Nebraska

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not include life coaching as a unique career category. But, as the industry grows it has reported on it occasionally. Most recently, the BLS reported that life coaches throughout the U.S. earned an average of $61,900 per year for 2015. Ziprecruiter.com reports that Nebraska life coaches earn $62,921 per year on average.

Beginning a Life Coach Career in Nebraska

With training complete, you’re ready to start your career as a life coach. Nebraska is a good place to work as a coach, with higher-than-average salaries and opportunities in the bigger cities of Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island.

You’ll also have flexibility to choose the kind of career you want. Many life coaches work independently, either coaching on the side part-time or starting up small coaching or consulting businesses. You may also be able to find a job with a company that hires coaches to work with clients or employees. The opportunities are endless.