Children might be the future, and it could be up to you to help them make it a brighter one. Working with children encompasses everything from health care to emotional development. If you have the desire, the training and the passion to guide little ones through their first years, you have some rewarding employment options to consider.
A pediatrics nurse is a registered nurse with specialized training in children's health. Most pediatric nurses work in hospitals, doctors' offices or clinics, but some work on their own or through school districts. Pediatrics nurses often work 50 hours a week, treating minor injuries, providing nutrition education and managing chronic illness. Most states require a bachelor’s degree, plus certification, licensure and continuing education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, pediatrics nurses earn a median annual salary of $91,000, and growth in the number of new jobs is expected to exceed 25 percent through 2020.
Childcare programs are big business, and the employment picture for childcare workers has never been brighter. The BLS expects the field to grow by 20 percent through 2020. Childcare workers provide guidance and early childhood education during parents' working hours in preschools, after-school enrichment programs or daycare centers. While there are no formal education requirements, candidates with college degrees in education have the best chance of finding work. Salaries vary widely.
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher
Teaching kindergarten and elementary school is a common career path for those who want to work with children. These teachers provide the foundations of reading and math and teach children to socialize. They also grade papers, create tests and prepare lesson plans.You must have at least a bachelor’s degree and be state certified. The BLS reports that the median annual wage of kindergarten teachers in 2012 was $48,800; it is $51,660 for elementary school teachers. Employment is expected to grow by 17 percent through 2020.
Special Education Teacher
Special education teachers help students who have learning, mental and physical challenges. They help students overcome learning disabilities, develop strategies for coping with emotional issues and teach severely disabled children independent living and basic communication skills. Working in the field requires a bachelor's degree and state certification. According to the BLS, the median annual wage of special education teachers is $53,220 as of 2012, and employment in the field is expected to grow by 17 percent through 2020.