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Impact Lives

The Demand for Nutrition Professionals is Growing

In 2014, there were 57,020 Health Educators in the United States.1 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), projected employment for Health Educators is expected to increase by 19% by 2022 (increase of 21,400 jobs), at a rate much faster than the 11% national average for all occupations in the U.S.2  In addition, the projected employment increase for the closely related position of Community Health Worker position is 25% over the same time period.2 The BLS attributes this growth to efforts to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs through health and nutrition education. Start earing your Online Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness degree now and be a part of this growing field of Health Educators. Benedictine’s online program will position you to enrich your career or create a new one, and better influence the health of individuals and communities.

Career Outlook for Health Educators

Entry level positions for Health Educators require a bachelor degree but you can be among the Health Educators with an advanced degree. Our M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness coursework can prepare you to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), which is required by some employers. All applications are approved on a case-by-case basis; the MSNW department advises that students take MPH 604, MPH 607, and MPH 634 to put them in the best position to have their application approved.

Another advantage to earning an advanced degree and positioning your career for future success is increased earning potential; according to the BLS Occupational Employment and Wages report the median pay for Health Educators in 2014 was currently $55,260 as a national average.1

Nutrition Entrepreneurship Career Outlook

Entrepreneurs shape the future by developing and pursuing creative ventures. Designed for those who think 'out of the box', this online concentration is for those wanting to gain knowledge and expertise in complementary areas of nutrition and business, while gaining valuable research skills to best evaluate the success of ventures. Graduates of Benedictine’s MS in Nutrition and Wellness program with a focus on Nutrition Entrepreneurship are prepared for a variety of jobs such as:

  • Authors
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Speakers
  • Program & Project Development
  • Nutrition-related business manager/director

To learn how Benedictine University can help you prepare for an advanced career in health education, call us at 866-295-3104 or request more information here.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211091.htm.

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Health Educators and Community Health Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (visited November 04, 2015).

3Details regarding the CHES certification can be found at the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. website (http://www.nchec.org/ches).