Health educators work in healthcare facilities like hospitals and nursing homes. They work with students in elementary, middle and high schools as well as colleges. They are employed by businesses and organizations that strive to promote healthy lifestyles.
Many people in the communities health educators serve work during the day, Monday through Friday. The only way to reach those people and increase their attendance at workshops and programs is to hold them on evenings and weekends. This means health educators sometimes have to work during those times.
For more advanced positions or if you want a US government job as a health educator, you will have to earn a master's degree in a discipline like public health education, community health education, school health education or health promotion. The bachelor's degree you will need for admittance to one of these program can be in another major.
Given that their primary function is teaching, it is imperative that those who aspire to become health educators are good at providing instruction as well as interacting with people. They must also have good writing skills, necessary for putting together the written material used in teaching. Analytical and writing skills are also important.
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A Day in a Health Educator's Life:
On a typical day a health educator's tasks might include:
- informing and educating communities about health related topics in order to try to prevent illnesses
- assessing the needs of the communities in which he or she works
- developing educational materials such as videos and brochures
- organizing events such as lectures, classes and health screenings
- evaluating the success of these programs
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Health Educator, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (visited July 16, 2012).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Health Educator, on the Internet at http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/21-1091.00 (visited July 16, 2012).