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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Salary Range
€18k - €42k
Career Zone

In Brief...

Also known as Health Promotion Officer. Encourages and helps people to live a healthy lifestyle and value their well-being.

Knowledge

  • Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills

  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

In Summary - Health Educator / Promotion Officer

Career Sectors

Health Educator / Promotion Officers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Advocacy
Community & Voluntary
Charities
Community & Voluntary
Community Work
Community & Voluntary
Social Work
Psychology & Social Care

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Further Information

The Work - Health Educator / Promotion Officer

Health education/health promotion officers (both titles are used and cover similar duties) try to improve health of people, communities and populations and prevent people becoming ill. They do this by increasing people's awareness of health issues, such as the importance of exercise and the dangers of smoking. This should help the public to improve their health.  
 
Health education officers play an important role in development of health policies. For instance, some may work closely with professional colleagues in local health authorities. This helps them to find out the sort of health information that is needed most in a particular area. They work in a range of locations like communities, health centres, hospitals, offices and sports.  
 
Some health education/promotion officers may specialise in a particular field, such as sexual health (helping prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases). The information may be targeted at schools, industry, clubs or other community organisations.  
 
In addition to direct involvement with the public, health education/promotion officers advise and train others to deliver health education. For example, medical workers, teachers and social service staff may be involved with health education/promotion.  
 
Travel throughout the local area is usually a requirement of the job.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Develop and present health education and promotion programs, such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care.
  • Develop educational materials and programs for community agencies, local government, and state government.
  • Prepare and distribute health education materials, such as reports, bulletins, and visual aids, to address smoking, vaccines, and other public health concerns.
  • Supervise professional and technical staff in implementing health programs, objectives, and goals.
  • Document activities and record information, such as the numbers of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted.
  • Collaborate with health specialists and civic groups to determine community health needs and the availability of services and to develop goals for meeting needs.
  • Provide guidance to agencies and organizations on assessment of health education needs and on development and delivery of health education programs.
  • Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks, and other information to facilitate the functioning of health education programs.
  • Design and conduct evaluations and diagnostic studies to assess the quality and performance of health education programs.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

Interests - Health Educator / Promotion Officer

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Enterprising

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

Qualities

You need enthusiasm, motivation and the ability to communicate with a wide range of people. You must also have analytical research skills, to interpret and identify priorities for health programmes, for example.  
 
Good administrative skills will help you to organise campaigns and events effectively.

Entry Requirements - Health Educator / Promotion Officer

Pay & Salary - Health Educator / Promotion Officer

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €18k - €42k

Data Source(s):
CareersPortal

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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