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Health Educators

Health Educators
Quick Facts : Health Educators*
2010 Median Pay$45,830
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201263,400
Job Outlook37% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change23,200


Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop programs and materials using a variety of methods to present information, such as video, pamphlets, and group discussions to encourage people to make healthy decisions.

What Health Educators Do

  • Create and distribute health-related educational materials
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of programs and materials
  • Help people find health services or information
  • Collect and analyze data to learn about their audience and improve programs
  • Advocate for improved health resources and policies

Work Environment

Health educators work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, non-profit organizations, government, doctors' offices, private business, and colleges. They generally work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of health educators is expected to have a growth of 37 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to efforts to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors.
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Pay

The average salary of health educators was in May 2010 $45,830.
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Health Educators*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Health Educators

45830

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

29680.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Health Educators*
Percent Change in Employment

Health Educators

36.5931

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

19.979913332245566

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Health Educators

Entry-level positions require a bachelor's degree in health education or health promotion. Most programs include an internship. Some employers may require the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential.
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