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Health Educator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Creates programs that are designed to teach people and motivate them to follow healthy behaviors. Works with individual patients and families in a health care settings, or develops campaigns and materials directed to larger groups such as college students. Organizes events like health screenings, trainings for peer educators or professionals, or incentive programs like weight loss challenges. May advise on public health policy.

Job Outlook

There were 900 Health Educator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 22577 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Health Educator / Coach industry, which includes the Health Educator career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Health Educator jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $47,628.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $45,147.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Health Educator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $34,608.

Education and Experience

Posted Health Educator jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree18%
Bachelor's Degree55%
Master's Degree26%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other0%

Posted Health Educator jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years59%
3 to 5 years36%
6 to 8 years4%
9+ years1%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Health Educator positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (32%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (18%)
  • Organizational Skills (15%)
  • Physical Abilities (13%)
  • Planning (13%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Teaching (21%)
  • Health Education (8%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Patient Care (12%)
  • Customer Service (11%)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (9%)
  • Scheduling (9%)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Educational Programs (6%)
  • Patient/Family Education and Instruction (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Health Educator skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Health Screener
  • Educator
  • Life & Health Advisor
  • Stem Educator

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Health Educator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Iqvia (498)
  • Ascension Health (473)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (468)
  • Lululemon Athletica (443)
  • Lululemon (419)

North Carolina

  • Wakemed (37)
  • UNC Health Care System (31)
  • Allied Universal (29)
  • Selectquote (29)
  • Atrium Health (26)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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