Career Spotlight

Health Educators & Community Health Workers

Health Educators & Community Health Workers’ goal is to educate the public so that individuals can make conscious, informed decisions on their health. It’s one way to be involved in the healthcare field without dealing directly with the gross stuff!

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Health Educators & Community Health Workers

Quick Facts

2017 Median Pay: $45,360/year; $21.81/hour

Typical Entry-Level Education: HS Diploma

On-the-job Training: Short-term

Number of Jobs, 2016: 118,500

Job Outlook 2016-26: 16% (much faster than average)

Employment Change 2016-26: 19,200

What They Do

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.

Health educators and community health workers work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nonprofit organizations, government, doctors’ offices, private businesses, and colleges. They generally work full time.

How To Become One

Health educators need at least bachelor’s degree. Many employers require the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential.

Community health workers typically need to have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some states have certification programs for community health workers.

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Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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