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PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: National Compensation Survey of Worksite Wellness Practitioners

Chenoweth, David Ph.D., FAWHP; Hunnicutt, David Ph.D.; Rager, Robin Ph.D., FAWHP

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000052
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LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

* To understand various factors that influence the financial compensation of today’s worksite wellness practitioners

* To understand that all of the factors influencing financial compensation for these practitioners may not be valued the same by various stakeholders.

* To identify specific factors that could be related to the practitioner’s particular setting.

* To develop personal career development strategies to enhance the practitioner’s ability to attain a more competitive salary and compensation.

A national survey of worksite wellness practitioners explored the relationship between compensation and 30 different demographic, occupational, perceptual, and professional development variables. The fi ndings have signifi cant implications for aspiring and current worksite wellness practitioners, employers, job and career placement fi rms, and academic and career advisers.

David Chenoweth, Ph.D., FAWHP, is president of Chenoweth & Associates, Inc., an international data analysis, program evaluation, and econometric consulting firm. During the past 33 years, he has conducted wellness program, policy, and risk factor-pecific cost management evaluations for organizations throughout the United States and Europe. He also is professor emeritus at East Carolina University, where he directed the worksite health promotion academic program for nearly three decades.

David Hunnicutt, Ph.D., is president of the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). His vision has led to the creation of numerous publications designed to link health promotion objectives to business outcomes. His areas of expertise are organizational development, worksite wellness strategic planning, and product development. He consults with many organizations on various corporate health management issues and has written, edited, and produced more than 20 books on worksite wellness issues.

Robin Rager, Ph.D., FAWHP, has been involved in the wellness field for more than 30 years, both as a consultant and a college professor. His consulting and academic activities in the United States and internationally have focused on population health assessment and the design and evaluation of effective wellness and condition management programs in a variety of populations and industries. He has conducted numerous research studies related to health risk reduction and health management program outcomes.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

© 2014 American College of Sports Medicine.