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Health Educators

Health educators work in social assistance industries and state and local governments. They promote health and wellness to the public and attempt to decrease the occurrence of health issues such as cancer, sexual transmitted diseases, and problems linked to things like smoking and an unhealthy diet.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 23,000

    Projected Growth: 18-26%

    Median Wage: $21/hr

Health educators may specialize in one area such as nutrition or sexual health. They may travel a region or country lecturing, or can teach classes in one place like a school or community center. A large part of the job is creating curriculum and tailoring it to the audience.

Most health educators hold at least a bachelor’s degree, although a master’s degree is often required in order to advance. Certification is not required, but it is offered after passing an exam issued by the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing.

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