- Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a minor in Health
- An independent health major such as community health, public health, health promotion
- Certification, Certified Health Education Specialist
- To be certified or licensed to teach health in public schools requires a Master’s degree and successful completion of a written exam in many states
Health educators held about 62,000 jobs in 2006. The norm 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 percent earned less than $24,750, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $72,500.
Health educators are a central part of community health education programs. The main objective for a health educator is to prevent disease and promote healthy lifestyles through knowledge and behavior change. Health educators work to encourage wellness through educating individuals and communities about behaviors in an effort to promote, maintain, and improve healthy lifestyles. They attempt to prevent illnesses by informing and educating individuals and communities about health-related topics, such as the importance of exercise, proper nutrition, how to avoid sexually transmitted diseases, and illnesses such as diabetes. Health educators also work with collecting and analyzing data for research and presenting preventative health care programs. These individuals have the skills to organize and address communities about these concerns and issues that affect the health of a certain area. Health educators typically work in health departments, community organizations, corporations/worksites, volunteer organizations, schools, colleges, and governmental organizations. Health educators may specialize in various areas of study such as clinical health, public health, community health, industrial health, and school health. Heath educators are also often asked to write educational material, newsletters, and public information reports and grant proposals. Anyone interested in health education must enjoy working with a variety of people, have good oral and written communication skills, and have a desire to help people.
For more information:
- American Health Public Association
- Society for Public Heath Education
- American Association for Health Education
This information was collected by Iris Bahr-Winslow, Jennifer Breneman, Allen Brooks, Emily Schneider, Candy Walls, and Ebony Williams.