Diabetes Educator

Career Area: Health Care including Nursing

Occupation Group: Health Education and Counseling

Salary

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A typical Diabetes Educator earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $58,715

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $62,080

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works with patients and families to understand and manage diabetes. Helps patients to learn how diabetes affects their bodies and teaches them how to monitor blood sugar levels, administer medications and manage diet and activity. May be licensed as a nurse, therapist, nutritionist or other medical professional. Works in hospitals and other clinical settings.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina56+13.8%
Nationwide1804+14.6%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Diabetes Educator is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Computer Literacy: The ability to use computers and related technology efficiently for work tasks.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Spanish: Spanish (; espaol ), also called Castilian (, castellano ), is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers around the world.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Diabetes Diagnosis / Treatment:
  • Patient/Family Education and Instruction: Working knowledge of Patient/Family Education and Instruction, which is the process by which health professionals and others impart information to patients and their caregivers that will alter their health behaviors or improve their health status.
  • Teaching: Working experience of teaching, which is defined as imparting knowledge to an individual or class, or instruct someone as to how to do something.
  • Patient Care: The services rendered by members of the health profession and non-professionals under their supervision for the benefit of the patient.
  • Diabetes Management: The term diabetes includes several different metabolic disorders that all, if left untreated, result in abnormally high concentration of a sugar called glucose in the blood.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Diabetes Educator that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Gestational Diabetes: Gestational diabetes is a condition in which a woman without diabetes develops high blood sugar levels during pregnancy.
  • Endocrinology: Endocrinology is a branch of biology and medicine dealing with the endocrine system, its diseases, and its specific secretions known as hormones.
  • Patient Follow-up: to maintain contact with (a patient) at one or more designated intervals following diagnosis or treatment especially to examine again or monitor the progress of therapy
  • Hypertension Diagnosis / Treatment: Hypertension (HTN or HT), also known as high blood pressure (HBP), is a long-term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated.
  • Staff Education: Teaching of nursing, medical, and other members of the health care team; process of assisting staff to gain knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes for maintaining and improving competencies.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Ambulatory Care: Ambulatory care or outpatient care is medical care provided on an outpatient basis, including diagnosis, observation, consultation, treatment, intervention, and rehabilitation services.
  • Hypertension Diagnosis / Treatment: Hypertension (HTN or HT), also known as high blood pressure (HBP), is a long-term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years59%
3 to 5 years40%
6 to 8 years1%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Diabetes Educator
  • Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Educator - Diabetes
  • Health Educator
  • Diabetes Educator Registered Nurse

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