Health Educators
SOC: 21-1091.00


Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
61,400 employed

Projected (2024):
68,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Assistant Health Educator
  • Breastfeeding Educator
  • Certified Breastfeeding Educator (CBE)
  • Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Certified Health Education Specialist
  • Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)
  • Certified Lactation Educator
  • Cessation Systems Outreach Specialist
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Health Associate
  • Chronic Disease Manager
  • Clinical Educator
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Community Educator
  • Community Health Consultant
  • Community Health Education Coordinator
  • Community Health Educator
  • Community Health Planning Director
  • Community Health Worker (CHW)
  • Coordinator, Chronic Disease Prevention Program
  • Coordinator, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition
  • Coordinator, Tobacco-Free Wellness Center
  • Diabetes Education Coordinator
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Early Breastfeeding Care Specialist
  • Education Coordinator
  • Education Coordinator and Public Information Officer
  • Education Specialist
  • Education Specialist for Voices Against Violence, Health Education Coordinator
  • Educator
  • Field Representative/Health Education
  • Health Education Coordinator
  • Health Educator
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Healthcare Educator
  • HIV Prevention Specialist
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Lactation Specialist
  • Lamaze International Breastfeeding Support Specialist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Program Manager for Family and Community Health Education
  • Public Health Advisor
  • Public Health Analyst
  • Public Health Educator
  • Public Health Educator/Latino Outreach Coordinator
  • Public Health Representative
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Public Health Technologist
  • Risk Reduction Counselor
  • Tobacco Educator
  • Tobacco Prevention Health Educator

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Document activities and record information, such as the numbers of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted.
  • Develop and present health education and promotion programs, such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care.
  • Develop operational plans and policies necessary to achieve health education objectives and services.
  • Collaborate with health specialists and civic groups to determine community health needs and the availability of services and to develop goals for meeting needs.
  • Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks, and other information to facilitate the functioning of health education programs.
  • Supervise professional and technical staff in implementing health programs, objectives, and goals.
  • Design and conduct evaluations and diagnostic studies to assess the quality and performance of health education programs.
  • Provide program information to the public by preparing and presenting press releases, conducting media campaigns, or maintaining program-related web sites.
  • Develop, prepare, and coordinate grant applications and grant-related activities to obtain funding for health education programs and related work.
  • Provide guidance to agencies and organizations on assessment of health education needs and on development and delivery of health education programs.
  • Develop and maintain health education libraries to provide resources for staff and community agencies.
  • Develop, conduct, or coordinate health needs assessments and other public health surveys.
  • Develop educational materials and programs for community agencies, local government, and state government.
  • Prepare and distribute health education materials, such as reports, bulletins, and visual aids, to address smoking, vaccines, and other public health concerns.
  • Design and administer training programs for new employees and continuing education for existing employees.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Laptop computers
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Overhead display projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Blackbaud The Raiser's Edge
  • Blogging software
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC WONDER
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epi Info
  • Facebook
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Web browser software
  • Wiki software

  • community and social service

    industry stats

    SOC: 21-0000

    Total Employed: 1,972,140

    Average Annual Salary: $46,160