Career Opportunities

​​Employment of health educators is expected to grow by 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth will be driven by the efforts to reduce healthcare costs by teaching the population about healthy habits and behaviors that will lead to better lifestyles​.

Health educators held about 58,900 jobs in 2012. Health educators work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, non-profit organizations, government, doctors’ offices, private business, and colleges.

Although most health educators work in an office, they may spend a lot of time away from the office to carry out programs or attend meetings.

The duties of health educators vary based on where they work. Most work in health care facilities, colleges, public health departments, nonprofits, and private businesses. Health educators who teach health classes in middle and high schools are considered teachers.

​Industries That Employed The Most Health Educators
​Health Care ​37%
​Government ​21%
​Religious, Civic, and similar organizations ​15%
​Social assistance ​12%
​Educational services; state, local and private ​9%