In a typical work setting, public health educators:
- 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.
- 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.
- Typically work 40 hours a week or more.
- Usually work regular business hours.
- May travel to make presentations or gather information.