I have been working with children for the past 20+ years! :)
Believe it or not, my first Education Class was "Childhood Development," that after having taken that 'hands-on' course, I was hooked! I totally LOVED that class and I had the best college professor, EVER! Taking the Course not only opened my eyes to 'little people' and how they grow and develop, but also, it opened my heart to the possibilities of how I could make a positive difference in their little lives if I were ever given a chance.
Well, 20+ years later..... Here I am! :) With my Eyes and Heart still wide open!!!
Different characters and trait , your ability to understand and read the mood of every child goes along way for them to open up to you and take you has their best friend.
You need to have passion for it and get necessary training to be a pro.
I received a degree in Child Development from Fresno State (CSU, Fresno) back in 2011 and have worked in early childhood development for about 10yrs. I did switch my careers during the pandemic and as of 2021 I am now a software engineer. But I will tell my experience for the 10yrs I did work in early childhood.
Working with children has been the most rewarding job I've had and it has literally taken me all around the world. I've worked in international schools in both China and Japan for about 7yrs in total. I also co-founded a charity in Beijing, China that helped orphaned children with mental and physical disabilities. In doing that I was also invited to travel around India helping schools in their English departments with curriculums and also doing some volunteer work. These are just some of the major things I was able to experience working with young children. So don't limit your thinking to mainly working in preschools if you get a degree in Child Development.
Now though this career field brought me all around the world and I got to help many families and children it also is not the highest paying career. Living overseas you can make more money as an English teacher whether it's preschool age or elementary but living in a new country without knowing anyone is not the easiest thing to do, so that may or may not be for you but I think there is a lot of growth in doing so. But as I came back to the states and wanted to start a family of my own I chose another career that I was also interested in (tech) that pays easily 4x as much as I made in my early childhood education career. So from my experience I loved this field for my 20's and it has helped me as a family man having so much experience around the little ones but my career now gives me more financial freedom and benefits to support my household.
I hope this helps, I loved every moment I had with all my kids around the world and miss being in the classroom, luckily I am friends with many of the parents I met along the way and still get updates and surprisingly kids that are not 15 that I taught when they were 5 still remember me and it warms my heart. So like I said it is very rewarding and you do make a huge impact.