An educated patient is a healthier patient and as this realization grows the demand for health educators is truly on the rise. Health education has become a vast field, with any number of different and exciting opportunities becoming available to qualified individuals.
Where can a Health Educator find work?
A better question these days might be where can’t they, but here are some of the more commonly found opportunities:
Universities and Colleges -The medical profession as a whole is possibly the fastest growing career field in the world today and someone has to teach all these students. A highly qualified health educator can expect to find all kinds of teaching opportunities at institutions large and small, even online.
Research – Many health educators who teach at colleges and universities as professors also double as medical researchers. Ongoing research into thousands of aspects of human health is underway every day, so there is always a need for good medical researchers, whether they teach as well or not.
Clinical Health Educators – These are the individuals who supervise and instruct students in the practical aspects of their medical training and may work in hospitals large and small as well as in private clinics.
Public Health Educators – Public health educators play a crucial role in the wellbeing of the whole population. They may work in schools, in doctor’s offices or even for health insurance providers. Public health educators are also employed by the government to help ensure that the public in general remains as informed about health issues as possible.
How Much Schooling does a Health Educator need?
How much time the health education professional needs to spend in school depends completely upon the field they intend to enter and just how far they want to go. Most people acquire at least a Master’s degree before they teach but most colleges and universities do prefer that a candidate hold a PhD in their chosen area of expertise.
On the other hand some instructors do not hold a specific degree in health education they simply have a very specialized knowledge of their field. For instance, a veteran EMT would be eminently qualified to instruct others in the workings of their profession.