Potential Career/Occupation Information

Health Educators

Occupation Information table
Overview: Promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. 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 also serve as a resource to assist individuals, other professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.
Duties: 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 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. Supervise professional and technical staff in implementing health programs, objectives, and goals. Document activities and record information, such as the numbers of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted. Collaborate with health specialists and civic groups to determine community health needs and the availability of services and to develop goals for meeting needs. Provide guidance to agencies and organizations on assessment of health education needs and on development and delivery of health education programs. Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks, and other information to facilitate the functioning of health education programs. Design and conduct evaluations and diagnostic studies to assess the quality and performance of health education programs.
Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 9% to 13% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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