Health educators inform the public on disease prevention and on how to maintain healthy lifestyles. They are educators and humanitarians that find engaging ways to make information accessible to our communities to collectively prevent serious illness and improve quality of life.
They create health education presentations and programs to share at schools, clinics, nonprofits, and other facilities to teach people healthy behaviors and explain how to use available healthcare services. They are excellent and empathetic communicators that assess the needs of local communities and advocate for improvements in resources and policies.
To become a health educator, a minimum bachelor’s degree in public health, health education or a similar field is usually required. Many employers also require the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential. Jobs for this role are expected to grow 11% by 2028, driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.