James Constantine Frangos
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Did you know there are many rewarding jobs that involve working with children, and some of them might surprise you? They're not always the first ones that come to mind, but they're incredibly fulfilling and can make a real difference in young lives. Here are a few that are particularly focused on helping little ones:
Pediatric Occupational Therapist: These superheroes work with kids to help them develop the skills they need for everyday life and learning. They concentrate on activities that the child finds meaningful, helping them to boost their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills. To become one, you'll need a master's degree in occupational therapy and a state license.
Child Life Specialist: These specialists are the comforting presence in hospitals, helping children and their families navigate the difficult journey of hospitalization, illness, and disability. They offer emotional support, education, and therapeutic play to help children make sense of and manage their healthcare experiences. A bachelor's or master's degree in child life, child development, or a related field is usually needed for this role.
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist: These pathologists are dedicated to helping children who struggle with communication and swallowing disorders. They assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication, and feeding/swallowing disorders in children from infancy through adolescence. A master’s degree in speech-language pathology and a state license are required for this career.
These roles not only come with competitive salaries, but they also offer the chance to positively shape the lives of young children and their families.
Here are the top 3 authoritative sources I used for this information:
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) - www.aota.org
Child Life Council - www.childlife.org
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) - www.asha.org
Wishing you all the best and many blessings!
I thought about this question too. Commonly, people think of teachers as the main career to help children.
Actually, there are 𝘈 𝘓𝘰𝘵 of jobs that are not only fulfilling, they provide a way to either help or have fun with younger groups of people/children.
Here's a list!
Directly in School / Education:
- School Administrators
- School Secretaries
- Guidance Counselors
- Academic Advisors
- School Librarians, or Children's Librarians
- Speech Therapists or Pathologists
Indirectly Related or Unrelated to Education:
- Museum Educator
- Youth Club/Program Organizer
- After School Program Organizer
Lastly, here's some Special Jobs!
✶ Teachers in non-school settings
(＞ Home School instructors (based on contracts with families) | Daycare instructors | Youth Detention Center instructors | Hospital instructors, etc!
✶ Toy designers!
Take a look at all of these options. You might find something enjoyable!
Sending you motivation as you explore these careers :)