Health educators work in a variety of locations, but almost always in indoor environments. They are employed primarily by facilities/institutions associated with health care, such as hospitals, wellness centers, and other health departments. Most health educators work traditional weekly business hours; some are also licensed teachers who provide health education in public schools. Candidates for this position should have at least a bachelor's degree in a field such as health, wellness, biology, human development, or a related field. Some states may require additional licensing, as well.
Health educators provide a variety of services, including providing instructions and guidance to both individuals and groups in class settings. They often cover a wide range of topics, and may be asked to provide education on drug and alcohol prevention, bone disease and prevention, emergency medical procedures and practices, teenage pregnancy, OBGYN-related matters, and many other health-related topics.
A health educator's primary focus is to provide advanced preventive education, which means they are responsible for providing health-related information before it is needed; this includes drug and alcohol abuse prevention and the importance of hand-washing to prevent disease and infection. Professional opportunities are truly endless for health educators.
Health Educator Tasks
Advise and support patients or staff in making specific health behavior changes and in seeking appropriate health care services.
Evaluate and document participant progress, keep records and statistics.
Carry out patient or member outreach services.
Develop and present health education and promotion programs.