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Health Educators

Health Educators

What they do:
Promote healthy living through educating individuals and communities about preventing injury, illness and disease.  Health educators offer individuals and communities the knowledge and skills necessary to become or stay healthy.  Health educators assess the needs of the community, plan an intervention program, implement and evaluate the program to determine its effectiveness.


  • Bachelors degree for entry-level positions
  • Masters degree is preferred and required for many positions


  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) – not mandatory, but preferred 

What they make:
Median annual salary in 2010 was $50,270.  With a range from $26,730 to $81,430.

Where they work:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Businesses or corporations
  • Colleges or universities
  • Hospitals
  • Government
  • Local Health Departments

Employment is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2018.