Health Educator

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Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop programs and materials to encourage people to make healthy decisions.

Health educators typically do the following:

  • Assess the needs of the people they serve
  • Develop programs and events to teach people about health topics
  • Create and distribute health-related posters, pamphlets, and other educational materials
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of programs and materials
  • Help people find health services or information
  • Supervise staff who implement health education programs
  • Collect and analyze data to learn about their audience and improve programs
  • Advocate for improved health resources and policies

The duties of health educators vary based on where they work. Most work in health care facilities, colleges, public health departments, nonprofits, and private businesses. Health educators who teach health classes in middle and high schools are considered teachers.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
285
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
391
Jobs Percentage Change: 
37.2%
Total Annual Openings: 
17
Growth Outlook: 
Very Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$19.09
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$27.54
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$31.77
Salary Range: 
$60,000 - $80,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
4 years

Education Levels:

Time to Complete: 
4 years

Education Levels:

Time to Complete: 
4 years

Education Levels:

Education Levels:

License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Optional
Coding License Required: 
No
Major Optional Certifications: 
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Hospital
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
School or Institution
Types of Interaction: 
Independently