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The Office of Science Education at the National Institutes of Health provides an online, interactive program to help junior high and high school students “explore health and medical science careers”: LifeWorks.

Still looking for a career? While some of this information may not capture the full range of possibilities in these careers, this is a great place to start your exploration!

On the LifeWorks site, you can:

  • Find a mentor
  • “Meet” experts or successful professionals
  • Learn what courses to take in school
  • See tips on planning a career and finding a college that is right for you
  • Find median salaries

You can search the careers in different ways, by…

Most of the public heath positions on the ABC list:

  • Biostatistician
  • Environmental health scientist
  • Environmental science and protection technician, including health
  • Health educator
  • Health information administrator
  • Health information technician
  • Mental health counselor
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Epidemiologist

Example copied from the site:

Health Educator

Activities:
Promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health by helping people and communities adopt healthy behaviors. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs before planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments.

Outlook: Faster-than-average-job growth

Median Income: $44,000 per year in 2008

Work Context & Conditions:
Usually work indoors. The job requires a lot of sitting and being in contact with others, e.g., face-to-face, telephone, or e-mail. They must be very exact and highly accurate.

Minimum Education RequirementsMaster’s Degree
[Note: Some successful health educators do not have master’s degrees.]

Skills: Active Listening, Writing, Active Learning, Judgment and Decision Making, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking

Abilities: Oral Expression, Written Comprehension, Speech Clarity

Interviews: Frank GrayShield

Don’t find something that meets your needs or interests? Send me an email at tenandtwos@gmail.com with your current career ideas or thoughts, and I will see what I can do to direct you :).

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