University of Wisconsin–Madison

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

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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