Health Educator at a Glance

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Best States for Health Educator

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
District of Columbia 750 $73,950 $36
Alaska 340 $55,990 $27
Vermont 290 $47,240 $23

Becoming a Health Educator

Getting into careers for health educators requires a certain level of educational background and certification requirements to be met. Most entry-level health educator positions require a bachelor's degree in health promotion or health education for a candidate to be eligible, but some may also require the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential. Degrees in health education or promotion provide students with the tools, methods, and theories necessary for developing and producing health education materials and programs.

Additionally, these programs typically include internships, which is a great way to add experience to a resume. Courses offered in these bachelor programs also satisfy the informational and preparation needs a health educator needs going into the occupation. In particular, courses such as foreign language, human development, and psychology are of interest to potential employers. When choosing a bachelor's degree that will lead to careers in health education students should make sure the program includes these important courses, in addition to the following:

  • Community and Public Health
  • Health and Wellness Promotion
  • Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness li>
  • Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation

In addition to the education requirements, some health educator jobs only accept applicants who have earned the Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) certification. This certification is offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc and ensures that the health educator can satisfactorily perform basic health education responsibilities. If a candidate seeks a health educator career in the public sector or with the federal government, it may be necessary to obtain a master's degree, but for most positions a bachelor's degree and the CHES certification will satisfy eligibility requirements.