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Western MA Fast Facts

Workers in Hampden County:

  • Entry Level Salary:$14/hour
  • Experienced Salary:$30/hour

Hampshire and Franklin Counties

  • Entry Level Salary:$17/hour
  • Experienced Salary:$28/hour
  • Education Needed: Bachelor’s Degree
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Occupational Employment and Wages Statistics, May 2016, EOLWD

Health Educators

Health educators help people gain the knowledge and skills they need to prevent illnesses and develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

As the focus on wellness and prevention increases, the need for more qualified, bilingual health educators in Western Massachusetts is expected to grow.

Health educators help people gain the knowledge and skills they need to prevent illnesses and develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Health educators

  • Keep people healthier by educating them about wellness and preventative care
  • Help people manage illness by teaching them about their diagnosis and how it may affect their lifestyle
  • Identify community health needs through data collection and analysis
  • Train other health care professionals in ways to better interact with patients

Employment opportunities can be found in

  • Hospitals
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Government
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Private business
  • Colleges

Education and training requirements

Health educators are not required to be licensed. If, however, a health educator teaches in a public school, he or she will be required to meet the Massachusetts teacher licensing requirements.

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing sponsors the voluntary Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential, available to entry-level health educators who have at least a bachelor’s degree and pass a certification exam. This organization also offers the advanced level Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) credential.

Health educators are also expected to have

  • An accurate understanding of the healthcare needs of the communities that they serve
  • Up-to-date knowledge of their local and regional healthcare systems
  • Strong cultural competence skills

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An Initiative of

This website was funded in part by Workforce STAT (Skills, Talent, Awareness, Training): Transforming Regional Capacity for Healthcare Education, Grant # CB18820. Workforce STAT was a $1.66 million Community Based Job Training Initiative through the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is also funded in part by a Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership grant through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.