Health promotion jobs are becoming an increasingly popular field choice for many people especially those interested in a broader field related to physical activity and nutrition. A career in health promotion is one that people aspire to help teach communities, individuals, or companies the skills they need to maintain better health among their populations.
With the continued decline in the health of our nation and rapid increase in medical costs, the more apparent the need for professionals and non-professionals in the health promotion field.
As a health professional myself, I understand the incredible value that we bring to the table and how important health promotion jobs and wellness careers are becoming. We inspire people to lead healthier lifestyles which is not an easy task.
Health promotion jobs include community health, health counseling, public health, health sciences, health psychology, health communication, corporate health and wellness, and much more! Health promotion careers provide plentiful job opportunities especially with the deteriorating of our nation’s health, the ability to meet and work with a variety of people, rewarding and inspiring experiences, and opportunities to enhance your career through professional training and certifications.
Health Promotion Jobs & Getting Started
Most all health promotion jobs start with a with a college degree. Of course there are other ways to promote health but most jobs require at least a Bachelor’s degree in health science, public health, exercise science, physical education, health management, and even nutrition or dietetics. As health promotion continues to become more important (due to our current state of health), employers are seeking individuals with more experience, education, and certifications in health promotion.
This might include a Master’s Degree, 5+ years of hands on experience and even professional certification. Some of the most popular certifications that employers will require or want to see on a resume include a CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist), ACE (American Council of Exercise), or ACSM (American Council of Sports Medicine).
Professionals reaching this level of education and experience are often found in leadership and management positions in schools, non-profit organizations, healthcare clinics, hospitals, and even high Fortune 500 companies leading their wellness programs. You can also continue your education into the Doctoral programs which would allow you to specialize in advanced areas of health promotion in the medical, social, political, ethical, economic, and psychological fields.
What Types of Jobs are Available?
Here are some example health promotion jobs which might give you an idea of what you would like to do in the future.
The American Cancer Society, Red Cross, American Diabetes Associations are example organizations that rely on health professionals to promote their missions, educate and design programs that help them meet their goals, give presentations, and organize special events.
Research continues to tell us that healthy employees are more productive, have less sick days, and are overall happier employees. Companies rely on health professionals to help educate employees about better health through wellness programs offered at the worksite. These programs are continually becoming more important as the cost of healthcare and health insurance continues to rise. Employers are investing into worksite wellness to help manage and even reduce some of these costs.
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Examples of professionals needed in this setting includes exercise therapists, physical therapists, and registered dietitians, public health nurses, etc, that provide patients with clinical guidance. These are usually professional with a specialized degree and require continuous education and training to stay ahead of the latest research and techniques.
There are many resources available to help people in this field of health and wellness. I highly recommend checking out Healthy Habits, Helpful Friends: How to effectively support wellness lifestyle goals.
I recommend that you check out websites I have listed below as they frequently post new and exciting jobs openings in related to health promotion open throughout the country.
Do You Have What It Takes?
Health promotion jobs can be rigorous as most involve extensive schooling and continuous educational and professional development. Skills necessary to be successful in this business include great leadership, people management, multi-tasker, and personal responsibility.
If you are thinking about a career in health promotion, ask yourself these questions and decide if skills line up with those necessary for this career path.
Am I aware of my own personal diet and physical activity habits?
Am I concerned with the health status of our society?
Am I interested in helping others learn about taking care of themselves?
Do I consider myself to be a “people person?”
Do I have the determination to embark on a journey of continued education and personal development?.
Am I interested in being a leader and dealing with tough situations?
Do I have the ability to work with others and collaborate for a common goal?
Am I interested in setting an example for others and being a positive role model?
If after asking yourself the following questions you find most of the answers to be “YES” then more than likely you are going to be a good fit for this industry.
If you have more questions regarding health and wellness jobs, please do not hesistate to contact me with your questions.
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