Health Educators


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Health Educators

Health Educators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, public health educators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a very high level of social contact. They work closely with community members and give public talks.
  • Communicate on a daily basis by phone, e-mail, and in person discussions. They also write letters and memos, but less frequently.
  • Usually work as part of a team of public health officials and workers.
  • Are responsible for the public's health and safety.
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  • May occasionally be placed in conflict situations in which others may become rude or angry.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors.
  • May be exposed to the diseases and infections of others.
  • May work physically near other employees and members of the public, usually within a few feet.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work. Errors could endanger the public's health.
  • Must be sure all details of the job are done so that presentations of information are successful.
  • Repeat the same activities.
  • Regularly make decisions that greatly impact their organization and members of the public. They often decide a course of action independently.
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  • Set most of their daily tasks and activities independently.
  • Must meet strict weekly deadlines.

Hours/Travel

  • Typically work 40 hours a week or more.
  • Usually work regular business hours.
  • May travel to make presentations or gather information.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.