We surveyed 772 community health workers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical community health worker. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a community health worker?

Low

High

Working as a community health worker typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a community health worker?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a community health worker typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a community health worker?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a community health worker. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for community health workers.

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Do community health workers work full-time or part-time?

83% of community health workers work in full-time roles while 17% work part-time.

Is being a community health worker stressful?

Low

High

Community health workers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a community health worker?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a community health worker.

How competitive is the workplace for community health workers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for community health workers.

Does being a community health worker require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for community health workers.

Are community health workers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Community health workers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do community health workers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally community health workers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a community health worker physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a community health worker may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are community health workers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Community health workers tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a community health worker require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a community health worker.

Does being a good community health worker require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a community health worker.