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Health education teachers, also known as health educators, work with public and private agencies in the health care and social assistance fields to teach wellness and healthy lifestyle choices to help individuals prevent disease, avoid injury and live healthier lives. Florence Nightingale was one of the first well-known health educators. Nightingale started the public health system.

Education and Career Opportunities in Health Education

A number of health education jobs are found in state and local public health programs, in the K-12 school system, and in colleges and universities. More than 50 percent of health education jobs are held by educators working in the health care and social assistance fields. Government health education jobs employ another 23 percent.

Necessary health education degrees necessary to work in the field are usually a bachelor's for entry-level positions. More education can lead to advancement, and some positions may pass over candidates who hold undergraduate degrees in favor of those with graduate degrees in health education. Health educators can seek certification through a national commission.

The field of health education is expected to grow by 18 percent through 2008-2018, faster than average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Job prospects are good for candidates with bachelor's degrees in health education, but a graduate degree is preferred in public health. Median annual wages for health education jobs were $44,340 in 2009, the BLS reports.



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