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Weekly Career Profile: Health Educator

By March 20, 2013

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If you listen to the news you might go crazy trying to figure out how to stay healthy. Eat this. No don't eat that. You must exercise everyday. You only have to exercise every other day. A glass of wine can keep your heart healthy. Stay away from alcohol. Unfortunately as we are bombarded with more, and often contradictory, information about how to stay healthy, we become overwhelmed and confused. That's where health educators come in. They work within communities to teach people how to have healthy lifestyles. The first thing they do is assess their communities' needs. Then they plan programs, organize events and develop resources to educate the public.

Are you interested in becoming a health educator? To get an entry-level job in this field, you must earn a bachelor's degree from a health education program. If you already have a bachelor's degree in a related field, you don't have to get another one. Instead, you can get a master's degree in health education. Practicing health educators who are interested in advancing in the field should also earn a master's degree. If you're wondering what the future will be like, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that health educators will experience job growth that is faster than the average for all occupations though 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition).

You can learn more about this career by reading Health Educator: Career Information. Get a firsthand account of what it's like to work in this field by arranging aninformational interview with someone who does. If you don't know anyone yourself, ask around. Your network is a good resource for making connections.

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