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esa in Katy, Texas

51 months ago

Hi guys, i graduate in 2013 and am afraid this degree will be useless in terms of getting a job. i did a job search and not many jobs are looking for "health educators" even schools. My school offer the state test so i can become a health educator specialist after my bachelors.

is it worth it? i want a job when i graduate!!

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Sporkman in Cornelius, North Carolina

51 months ago

Katy, I suspect that if you follow your degree to the end you may need to be willing to relocate to find a job. Surely there's a pretty broad societal need for health educators, but there's also a broad societal need for social workers (a career not likely to pay very much in the best of times). I think you need to to contemplate what you want to be doing and where you want to be in 10 years, not just 3. I also suggest that you try to think "out of the box". What is special about you? Do you just love the woods and hiking? Are you fearless? Do you have an ability to connect with all kinds of people immediately? Some people find all they ever want as a forest ranger. One person my brother knew and who was not afraid of heights made an enormous salary working only part of the year ... replacing lights on smokestacks and radio towers (actually not dangerous if you're careful, but not a job many people are willing to do). Another makes a great living cutting trees which are leaning the wrong way or diseased on residential and commercial properties (this job is actually more dangerous than climging radio towers). If you can connect with people there are all kinds of opportunities in sales -- could dovetail with your interest in health education (e.g., pharmaceutical sales).

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Sporkman in Cornelius, North Carolina

51 months ago

Ah, sorry. I see you're IN Katy, Texas, but that you're NOT a "Katy".

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esa in Katy, Texas

51 months ago

Sporkman,

Thank you so much for your input!! Ideally i would looooovvvve a traveling job that would would allow me to be a health education lecturer. Basically do seminars, ect.

Im going to do prereqs in physical therapy alongside this degree and hopefully get into PT school if it doesn't workout.

i read about all these people getting exercise science, health promotion/education, public health who are unable to find jobs!!

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671 in Maryville, Tennessee

46 months ago

esa in Katy, Texas said: Hi guys, i graduate in 2013 and am afraid this degree will be useless in terms of getting a job. i did a job search and not many jobs are looking for "health educators" even schools. My school offer the state test so i can become a health educator specialist after my bachelors.

is it worth it? i want a job when i graduate!!

What is health promotion

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txnurstud in Desoto, Texas

40 months ago

esa in Katy, Texas said: Hi guys, i graduate in 2013 and am afraid this degree will be useless in terms of getting a job. i did a job search and not many jobs are looking for "health educators" even schools. My school offer the state test so i can become a health educator specialist after my bachelors.

is it worth it? i want a job when i graduate!!

For those Master degree Healthcare professionals, who does not have a position in health promotion or health education and who reside in either Texas or Oklahoma (or who are relocating to Texas or Oklahoma soon), the Navy is offering an AWESOME opportunity. Or Healthcare Master degree student is offered this same opportunity, plus the Navy will pay for you to go to school fulltime and provide you a monthly salary. Once you finish the degree, you will be sworn in as a Medical Services Officer.

If you are interested in this opportunity and you either live in Texas or Oklahoma (or will be relocating to Texas or Oklahoma soon), please contact Chief Marcel Blanfort at: marcel.blanfort@navy.mil

You can let him know that you received this information on this post and he will know exactly who referred you and/or you can reference my username: txnurstud in Desoto, TX.

I wish you the best in exploring this opportunity because I have started the process and am extremely excited to have this opportunity available to me.

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Adrian in Austin, Texas

35 months ago

As an experienced health educator I strongly encourage you to get your personal trainer certification as well. It will make easier for you to find work in the corporate, government, and non profit setting. Even if you don't work as a personal trainer it will open more doors for and allow for more job security than the CHES (which in my opinion is useless).
That is if you want to avoid going back to school to become a nurse, PT, etc!
If you go to graduate school, I strongly recommend epidemiology or International health with a focus on refugee health/disaster relief. Don't waste your time on anything else.

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James Boyer in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

35 months ago

esa in Katy, Texas said: Hi guys, i graduate in 2013 and am afraid this degree will be useless in terms of getting a job. i did a job search and not many jobs are looking for "health educators" even schools. My school offer the state test so i can become a health educator specialist after my bachelors.

is it worth it? i want a job when i graduate!!

Working for the state has great benefits! I say go for it!

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japori in Houston, Texas

30 months ago

Sad but true. I was a health educator but I am making my way out! The job opportunities are few and far in between. The hospital staff I worked with kept reminding me they preferred to have a nurse who could do both health education and clinical care. Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff constantly asked me, so.. what is a health educator again?

The way I see it, the best way to succeed at this profession right now is to pair health education with a clinical degree: nursing, nutrition, kinesiology.. anything really.

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Martens in Tampa, Florida

16 months ago

japori in Houston, Texas said: The way I see it, the best way to succeed at this profession right now is to pair health education with a clinical degree: nursing, nutrition, kinesiology.. anything really.

I agree, it seems the role of "health educator" best serves clinical health professionals (physician, nurse, etc.) in complementing their services, as opposed to health educator as a stand alone profession. This website www.exercise-science-guide.com/degrees/public-health-and-health-administration/ does a good job of putting all public health degree/field info on one page as a general guideline. Also, from my research I'm seeing it's better to go for MHA or MBA w/ specialization in Health Administration over an MPH - at least for those not already having a health care profession background.

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Jacob Brosnan in Charleston, South Carolina

16 months ago

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Lia D. in Wilmington, North Carolina

6 months ago

What is Health Promotion?
HP is a multidisciplinary field that relies on education and targeted interventions to help change behaviors and environments in ways that are conducive to health.
The main goals of HPn are to reduce health risks and optimize health and productivity while lowering total health-related costs.

Based on the definition above, HP is NOT best paired with a clinical degree. If you are a clinician you cannot be a SUCCESSFUL health educator. The reason I know this is because I work full time as a health educator and I have shared projects with several other health educator/nurses who are torn between conducting program implementation and clinical services at their local medical facility.

Yes, in this day and age we are all called to do so much with so little, but I would warn against taking a job where your responsibilities are both preventative care and tertiary treatment. Not only will you be exhausted, but your programs and patients will suffer.

There's a reason that HP is a stand alone area of study. Although it's a relatively new field, there is evidence to support the need for a professional that serves in the role of community mobilizer, program implementer, program evaluator, researcher, community liaison, public speaker, activist, budget specialist, and social media manager; for this is a brief summary of all of the hats a health educator wears.

And the Certified Health Education Specialist exam is not useless as another person so flippantly mentioned. I am certified in CHES and there are many jobs that strongly encourage this certification. The reason is bc anyone who successfully completes the test will be trained in the 7 areas of responsibility that relate to HP. This person will also be charged with maintain a certain level of proficiency in these areas to ensure they are credible and knowledgeable in their field.

I sincerely love what I do in HP and for me, there's no turning back.

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SL13 in Flowood, Mississippi

5 months ago

This is to Lia D. I am considering a Masters degree in Health Promotion but I've been kind of hesitant. Is there anyway that I can email you about the HP field? Thanks.

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