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What's a good job for someone interested in childcare careers?

I have no clue what I want to be! #career-choice

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Mallory:

There are many different careers out there that involves working with children. I encourage you to research ones that you are passionate about and explore areas that are not well known. Here's a list to help you get off the ground. Best of luck to you!

HEALTHCARE and MEDICINE
• Pediatrician - - A pediatrician is medical doctor who manages the physical, behavioral, and mental care for children from birth until age 18.
• Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - - Pediatric nurse practitioners deliver primary and preventive care to children.
• Pediatric Medical Assistant - - These workers provide care for children under the supervision of a pediatrician.
• Pediatric Occupational Therapist - - Pediatric occupational therapists help children with various issues, such as problems with motor skills, cognitive development, and sensory integration, develop the tools they need to perform daily activities.
• School Nurse - - These nursing professionals support school districts by working with children when they experience an injury or illness at school.

EDUCATION and DEVELOPMENT
• Preschool Teacher - - Since preschool teachers are working with children during their first exposure to education, these professionals play a huge role in shaping their relationship to learning.
• Elementary School Counselor - - Elementary school counselors help young children develop the key skills they need to use throughout their educational careers.
• Elementary School Principal - - From what is taught in the classroom to how funds are spent, elementary school principals oversee how their school is run on a daily basis.
• Special Needs Education Teacher - - Special education teachers need a specialized set of skills in their teaching toolbox in order to work with children who are living with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.
• Child Psychologist - - Whether patients need help coping with the loss of a parent or dealing with the day-to-day challenges associated with a mental illness, child psychologists perform assessments in order to determine what kind of help children need, execute the treatment plan, and adjust it as necessary.

CHILD SOCIAL SERVICES
• Child Welfare Social Worker - - Child welfare social workers help children who are in dire and dangerous situations.
• School Social Worker - - School social workers act in concert with educators to ensure that students can thrive developmentally and academically.

RECREATION
• Camp Counselor - - Camp counselors care for children and help them make fun memories during their summer vacations.

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Careers Working with Children • https://www.publicservicedegrees.org/careers/working-with-children/
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Paul’s Answer

Hi Mallory
Buiding on the other answers which are very helpful, may I suggest looking at opportunities where you can volunteer or even shadow a particular profession. For example, you could volunteer at a school (or shadow a teacher) to see if teaching is something that interests you, or volunteer at a medical clinic to see if any of the medical professions are of interest. Volunteering in itself is always a great way to invest in yourself but it can also help you to explore career areas that you may not normally have thought of or had access to

I hope this helps
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Lisa’s Answer

Hi Mallory,

There are a lot of different careers that involve working with children, and you should choose one that matches with your interests outside of working with children. For example, if you are interested in education, you might want to consider being a teacher. If you are interested in medicine, you might want to consider being a pediatrician.

Besides these well-known career options, there are others that are less well known as well. One of my favorites is a job called a Child Life Specialist, which is someone who works with kids who are undergoing medical treatments to help them understand what is going on. You can learn more about this career below:

https://www.childlife.org/the-child-life-profession

To learn more about other careers with kids, check out this website:

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/working-with-kids-job

I hope this helps!!!

Lisa
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paula’s Answer

Working with children is a wonderful profession to pursue. Some options include the obvious like teaching either primary school or preschool, or working as a Director of a Childcare Center/Daycare. Additionally, studying psychology could enable you to become a school guidance counselor.
Social workers are also charged with working with children and their families to ensure they are given the care they need during challenging times. If school is your thing and you like science, becoming a pediatrician or any type of pediatric specialist or nurse would also be an option to explore. The best next step would be to do some informational interviews and some job shadowing with some professionals in the positions you may be considering for your career. Good Luck!
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