Health Educators

General Information

Description

Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, not for profit62.87%
  2. State and local government17.69%
  3. Private, for profit10.68%
  4. Federal government7.35%
  5. Self-employed1.40%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Outpatient Care Centers

Job Outlook

Overall employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people healthy behaviors and explaining how to use available healthcare services. Governments, healthcare providers, social services providers want to find ways to improve the quality of care and health outcomes, while reducing costs. This should increase demand for health educators and community health workers because they teach people how to live healthy lives and how to avoid costly diseases and medical procedures.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$50,090

State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$90,310
$30,150
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 42%
  • Master's degree 33%
  • Post-master's certificate 13%
  • Associate's degree 7%
  • Some college 2%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Education and Training
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Clerical
  • Psychology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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