If you’re interested in helping others realize their full potential, a career as a life coach may be ideal. You’ll also need to be patient, tactful and understanding in order to succeed. Coaches are responsible for working closely with individuals to help them reach a specific goal, overcome an obstacle or make a major life change. Some coaches specialize in a particular area, such as balancing work and life, relationships, health or accomplishing spiritual goals. Although there are no specific requirements to become a coach, a background in psychology, counseling or social work is useful, and it’s also possible to become certified in coaching. Other useful areas of study include health and weight loss, business, and relationships, depending on where you might want to specialize. For a challenging, yet rewarding career that’s anything except routine 9 to 5, coaching may be the answer.