Health, Nutrition and Wellness Careers | Public / Community Health Nurse

Public / Community Health Nurse

Career Area: Health Care including Nursing

Occupation Group: Registered / Practical Nursing


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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Public / Community Health Nurse earns the following wages (national and state):


The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $61,998

*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.


The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $69,456

*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?

Provides health care to community members and addresses community health issues ranging from infectious diseases to substance abuse, focusing on prevention and education as well as treatment. Works with a team of health care professionals; may work in a clinic, and travel within a community or between different communities. May serve as the primary health care provider in underserved communities.

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:

North Carolina425+15.7%


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 Public / Community Health Nurse is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Occupational Health and Safety: Occupational safety and health (OSH), also commonly referred to as occupational health and safety (OHS), occupational health, or workplace health and safety (WHS), is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the safety, health, and welfare of people at work.
  • Public Health and Safety: Working experience of Public Health and Safety. Public health is defined as the science of protecting the safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy making and research for disease and injury prevention.
  • Case Management: Medical case management is a collaborative process that facilitates recommended treatment plans to assure the appropriate medical care is provided to disabled, ill or injured individuals.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest.
  • Community Health: Community health is a major field of study within the medical and clinical sciences which focuses on the maintenance, protection and improvement of the health status of population groups and communities as opposed to the health of individual patients.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Public / Community Health Nurse that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • 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.
  • Disease Prevention: Disease prevention is the deferral or elimination of specific illnesses and conditions by one or more interventions of proven efficacy.
  • Environmental Health and Safety: Environmental health and safety (EHS or HSE or SHE) is the department in a company or an organization involved in environmental protection, safety at work, occupational health and safety, compliance and best practices. EHS aims to prevent and reduce accidents, emergencies and health issues at work.
  • Primary Care: Primary care is the day-to-day healthcare given by a health care provider.
  • Medication Administration: The giving or application of a pharmacologic or other therapeutic agent.


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 years63%
3 to 5 years35%
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:

  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Wellness Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Occupational Health Registered Nurse
  • Registered Nurse - Occupational Health

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