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Why pursue a Master's degree to prepare for work as a Health Educator?

A Master's Degree Makes One More Competitive for Employment

As of the year 2010, the BLS (2012) noted important skills for Health Educators - suggesting how a master's degree can make one competitive in obtaining employment:

  • Analytical skills. Health educators analyze data and other information to evaluate programs and to determine the needs of the people they serve. 
  • Instructional skills. Health educators should be good at teaching and public speaking so that they can lead programs and teach classes.
  •  People skills. Health educators interact with many people. They must be good listeners and be culturally sensitive to respond to the needs of the people they serve. 
  • Problem-solving skills. Health educators need to think creatively about how to improve the health of their audience through health education programs. In addition, they need to solve problems that arise in planning programs. 
  • Writing skills. Health educators develop written materials to convey health-related information. They also write proposals to develop programs and apply for funding. (BLS, 2012, para. 5).

REFERENCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2012). Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Health Educators. U.S. Department of Labor. Retrieved August 8, 2012 from http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm.