There’s an incredible world out there with a ton of professional positions in the diabetes field – THEY WANT YOU!
Many people think that the only way they can make a career of helping people with diabetes is to become an endocrinologist or a diabetes educator, but in reality almost ANY career path can be linked with diabetes if you would like it to be. The world needs more professionals who are passionate about helping people with diabetes, and understand what living with diabetes is like. CDN would like to help you become more involved in the professional world of diabetes, whether it is going to medical school, becoming a researcher, chemically engineering future medicines, designing the future of technology, working at a nonprofit, or protecting the legal rights of people with diabetes.
We have created Career Profiles to help provide insights into what some of your career options might be, what it takes to get there, and some considerations for along the way. Don’t see what you’re interested in? Tell us! We would love to add a profile for the career you are interested in as well - chances are somebody else will want to see it too!
Featured Career: Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
What is a CDE?
The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators describes a Certified Diabetes Educator® (or a CDE®) as a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in prediabetes, diabetes prevention and management. The CDE educates and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition. CDEs have passed a rigorous exam to show they have this specialized knowledge.
What kind of schooling is required?
What other eligibility requirements are there?
The National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) certifies CDEs through an exam, which they administer. If you meet the pre-requisites for becoming a CDE, you then need to pass this exam to become a Certified Diabetes Educator. NCBDE is always reevaluating the needs of people with diabetes, and as a result, the eligibility requirements are always changing. Check out the eligibility requirements for 2014 here.
Professional Development Related to Becoming a CDE
The CDN team attends the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) National Conference every year. Each year, we take a selected group of students to accompany us. While at the conference they have the opportunity to share their experiences with CDN, network within the community, and attend sessions. If you are interested, please contact CDN’s Program Director.
Member of the 2013 Board of Directors for the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE)
While Susanna currently works as the Senior Regional Scientific Manager at AstraZeneca, a biopharmaceutical company, she shared with us her experience in her previous position as a pharmacist in a low-income, minority community.
What was a typical day like?
What was the best part about that job?
Knowing that you changed a life.
What was the worst part?
How many hours a week did you work?
I was a salaried employee paid for 32 hours per week, but actually averaged at least 40 hours. It is not uncommon for health care professionals to work extra hours since we tend not to go home if there is an important patient issue that needs to be addressed.
What skills and personality traits make a good CDE, in your opinion?