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Health Educators

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.   (O'Net 21-1091.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Assistant Health Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, Certified Breastfeeding Educator (CBE), Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2015
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 15.89   $ 20.31   $ 24.67   $ 29.35   $ 34.56   $ 25.09  
    Yearly $33,040   $42,250   $51,310   $61,060   $71,890   $52,180  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 17.16   $ 21.14   $ 25.32   $ 29.36   $ 33.70   $ 25.66  
    Yearly $35,690   $43,960   $52,670   $61,060   $70,100   $53,380  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.32   $ 17.42   $ 21.58   $ 25.98   $ 32.24   $ 22.47  
    Yearly $31,860   $36,230   $44,890   $54,030   $67,060   $46,750  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 16.06   $ 22.36   $ 26.91   $ 33.19   $ 37.88   $ 27.17  
    Yearly $33,410   $46,500   $55,980   $69,040   $78,790   $56,510  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2016.
    Note: 2015 release includes new geographic definitions based on 2010 Census.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2012 2022
    Vermont 299 345 1.4% 13
    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 151 176 1.5% 6
    Southern Vermont Balance of State 70 82 1.6% 3
    Northern Vermont Balance of State 66 74 1.2% 3
    Note: Substate areas are based on 2005 definitions from 2000 Census. 2014-2024 estimates, released in 2016, will be based on new area definitions from 2010 Census.
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released August 2014, area estimates released October 2014.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Vermont
    2012
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Total All Industries 299 100%
    Services Providing 298 100%
    Education and Health Services 154 52%
    Government 107 36%
    Government 107 36%
    State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals 99 33%
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August 2014.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Health Educators  updated July 2012
     


    Knowledge
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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Health Educators  updated July 2012
     


    Skills
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Health Educators  updated July 2012
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Health Educators  updated July 2012
     


    Work Activities
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  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Scheduling Work and Activities - Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Health Educators  updated July 2012
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Health Educators  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Health Educators  updated July 2012
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Health Educators  updated July 2012
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Behavioral Aspects of Health. (NEW)
     
    • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling.
     
    • Dental Public Health and Education.
     
    • Health and Wellness, General. (NEW)
     
    • Health Communication.
     
    • International Public Health/International Health.
     
    • Maternal and Child Health.
     
    • Public Health Education and Promotion.
     
    • Public Health, General.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Health Educators 
     

     
     
     
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