Health education specialists develop programs to teach people about conditions affecting well-being. Community health workers promote wellness by helping people adopt healthy behaviors.
Health education specialists and community health workers are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Most work full time.
Health education specialists typically need at least a bachelor’s degree. Community health workers typically need at least a high school diploma and a brief period of on-the-job training. Certification may be required or preferred for some health education specialists and community health workers.
The median annual wage for community health workers was $42,000 in May 2020.
The median annual wage for health education specialists was $56,500 in May 2020.
Overall employment of health education specialists and community health workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people healthy behaviors and explaining how to use available healthcare services.