Career Detail

Health Educator
Health educators work to encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness through educating individuals and communities about behaviors that promote healthy living and prevent diseases.
Average Pay: From $19,178    Qualifications: High school diploma and higher
The Job
They begin by assessing the needs of their audience, which includes determining which topics to cover and how to best present the information. For example, they may hold programs on self-examinations for breast cancer to women who are at higher risk or may teach classes on the effects of binge drinking to college students.
Work Environment
Health educators work in various environments based on the industry in which they work.
College Majors
bachelor's degree
Minimum Qualifications
A bachelor's degree is generally required for entry level health educator positions, but some employers prefer a bachelor's degree and some related experience gained through an internship or volunteer work.
Personality traits helpful for this career
They need to be good communicators and comfortable speaking in public as they may need to teach classes or give presentations.
Quick Facts
  • 5 out of 10 health educators work in health care and social assistance and an additional 2 out of 10 work in State and local government.
  • A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for entry level jobs, but many employers prefer to hire workers with a master's degree.
  • Rapid job growth is expected, but the relatively small number of jobs in this occupation will limit the number of job openings.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual earnings of health educators was $41,330 in May 2006; the middle 50 percent earned between $31,300 and $56,580. The lowest 10 perceMedian annual wages of health educators were $44,000 in May 2008; the middle 50 percent earned between $33,170 and $60,810. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,210, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $78,260.
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