Health Educator

Health educators present information about how to improve health, prevent disease, and modify behaviors to individual patients as well as community groups. Health educators create and write educational materials, conduct meetings, and plan informative programs.

Specializations

School health educators — teaches personal hygiene and the impacts of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.

Community health educators — uses employers, media, and workshops to send the message of prevention and wellness.

Public health educators — works with public health issues as liaison between governmental agencies and the public.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Health educators partner with community organizations, hospitals, clinics, schools, government agencies, and businesses which require frequent visits and phone calls to set up health education programming based on a needs assessment. Subjects of programs can include tobacco cessation, cultural diversity in health care, healthy living styles, and even pollution protection in a factory.

 Education: 4 years

 Patient Interaction: High

 Physical Activity: Medium

 Salary: $55,024

 Job Growth: Medium

Getting Started

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High School Courses

High school students should take math, science, and English. Health educators must have a bachelor’s degree in health education or another health-related subject. A master’s degree in health education is also offered by many universities. If teaching in the schools, health educators must have a teaching certificate. 

Education and Training

Professional Organizations

Society of Health and Physical Educators
1900 Association Dr.
Reston, VA, 20191-1598
703/476-3400 or 800/213-7193
www.shapeamerica.org/

American College Health Association
1362 Mellon Rd., Suite 180
Hanover, MD, 21076
410/859-1500
www.acha.org/

American Public Health Association
800 I St NW
Washington, DC, 20001
202/777-2742
apha.org

American School Health Association
7918 Jones Branch Dr., Suite 300
McLean, VA, 22102
703/506-7675
netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=ASHA1&WebCode=Contact

Coalition of National Health Education Organizations
www.healtheducationadvocate.org/

Directors of Health Promotion and Education
1432 K Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC, 20005
202/659-2230
dhpe.site-ym.com/

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
1541 Alta Dr., Suite 303
Whitehall, PA, 18052-5642
484/223-0770 or 888/624-3248
www.nchec.org

National Implementation Task Force for Accreditation in Health Education
www.healthedaccred.org/

Society for Public Health Education
10 G St., NE, Suite 605
Washington, DC, 20002
202/408-9804
www.sophe.org

Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education
1432 K Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC, 20005-2539
thesociety.org/

Wisconsin Health and Physical Education
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI, 54601
608/785-8175 or 800/441-4568
www.whpe.us/

Wisconsin Public Health Association
563 Carter Court, Suite B
Kimberly, WI, 54136
920/882-3650 or 877/202-4333
www.wpha.org

 

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 1,120
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 61,400
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 68,900
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 12%
Expected Annual Openings: 1,950
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $55,024

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

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