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Community Health Education

Help increase access to health services and education. Community health workers conduct research and educate people in their community to prevent health issues and promote wellness. 

Degree Programs

Jobs

  • Public health educator
  • Government inspector
  • Researcher/evaluator
  • Health education specialist
  • Patient educator 

Work Settings

  • Local and county health departments and agencies
  • Volunteer agencies 
  • Hospitals and health clinics
  • Industrial corporations
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Colleges and universities 

Career Outlook & Pay

Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for Health Educators and Community Health Workers are expected to grow at a much faster rate than average in the next 10 years: 13% CA, 16% US. 

Annual median wage

  • CA: $49,260
  • US: $46,080

Interests, Skills & Values  

Service orientation

Community health educators work to reduce human suffering and improve the quality of life in their community.

Research skills

Community health educators collect and analyze data to identify public health needs and evaluate programs. 

Instructional skills

Community health educators should be comfortable with public speaking. They should be able to successfully lead programs and facilitate important conversations. 

Cultural competence

Community health educators interact with many people from a variety of backgrounds. These workers must be good listeners and be culturally sensitive during discussions. 

Problem-solving skills

Community health educators must think creatively about how to improve community health. They should be able to solve problems that arise during program planning, including changes to their budget or pushback from the community. 

Writing skills

Community health educators create written materials to educate the community about health concerns and practices. Health educators also write proposals to create programs and secure funding.  

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