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Careers for a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development

Updated on October 3, 2012

My First Teaching Position

A career in Child Development is so rewarding.
A career in Child Development is so rewarding. | Source

When I was just a teenager I discovered that babysitting young children stimulated my inner passion for teaching. Later as I landed my first teaching position, the opportunity provided me great enjoyment and enabled me to learn from professionals in the field of early childhood development. My ultimate satisfaction was helping families raise children; children, who through nurturing care and guidance, would become positive leaders in their community.

Child Development careers are exciting and cover a wide variety of employment settings. A position in this field promotes communication, creates a healthy, safe learning environment, and builds supportive relationships with children and their families. Additionally, a career in child development lends itself to future expansion to administrative positions.

In the beginning, you may find a full-time employment offer is not available. Child care centers, preschools, summer camps, and hospitals often advertise for part-time help offering a great opportunity to learn from experienced professionals. If you must go this route, seek out a fellow veteran in the field as a mentor where you work. The opportunity to be taken under their wing during this learning period will serve you well as you develop your career path. Don't forget the value of volunteering in an area of interest. You will discover what it is you truly like about working with children and receive first hand knowledge about the industry.

As your career begins to unfold, adding other certifications and skills to your degree will open additional doors and may lead to advancement in other areas such as administration. I have found the following list helpful to many Child Development professionals.

  • CPR
  • First Aid (adult, child and infant)
  • Computer
  • Music and Art classes
  • Physical Activity Training/Classes
  • Speech
  • Management Courses


Be aware that some careers such as Child Life Specialist and Child Advocacy may involve additional certification. Advanced degrees are also necessary for clinical and therapeutic counseling positions. Administrative positions, such as Child Care Directors, look for three years experience plus a Master's Degree. In today's world, the option to take online instruction and accreditation will save some time and expense along the way. The reward in obtaining further education and skills is a higher paying position with greater responsibility.


Top Career Opportunities in Child Development

Preschool Program
Lead Teacher
Child Life Specialist
Social Services
Government Agency (Head Start)
Child Advocate
Nanny
Elementary School Teacher
Early Intervention Specialist
Administrator
Family Child Care Provider
Child Care Director

My College Graduation Day!

Your bachelor's degree leads to a rewarding child development career where you will  cultivate future leaders.
Your bachelor's degree leads to a rewarding child development career where you will cultivate future leaders.

Employment Outlook and Salary Range

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), child care/professional teaching employment needs will increase consistently over the next six years (through 2018). Preschool teachers will see an increase in salary at twice the rate. Teachers with additional skills, such as ESL and Special Needs, will see an additional ten percent (10%) growth.

The average salary for a beginning career in Child Development within the educational school system is $45,000. However, depending upon the locale and industry, salary may vary accordingly. For instance, a government agency may offer an experienced Child Development professional (two year experience) between $57,000 to $74,000 annually. A Child Care Directors salary may range from $32,000 to $45,000 depending upon state, experience and training.

Child Development professionals empower our future leaders. They are passionate people who accept the challenge of creating and building children who will face life with greater values and success. Accepting this career path will make a positive impact on families and communities.

Child Life Specialist Credentials

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As usual a well-researched hub given importance by your years in the field. The voice of experience speaks again and those who need to learn should listen.

      Well done Dianna; have a wonderful weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You are quick, Bill. I am happy to see that you are first today. I appreciate your validation, as a fellow educator it means much to me. Have a great weekend and Father's Day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Excellent hub, teaches! My hat is off to people that have the patience and skill to teach. This was most interesting and informative. Loved it and voted it up and more. :)

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Another excellent hub by the teacher!!! My PhD is in child development and I absolutely loved getting that degree. Sometimes I wished I had my undergraduate in child development. It's a great career choice for those who enjoy being around kids! Voted up! Take care, Kelley

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Your comment is much appreciated. I imagine you could tell us even more about the career choices of this field. Thanks for your support . Have a great weekend, Kelly.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ttoombs, people who teach children are so giving and love their work. Thanks for your support. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      So very true! Thank you and I hope you do the same. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This is a very interesting hub. My granddaughter is starting her 3rd year of college to teach the younger children. I don't know if child development is part of her program. This is her lifelong dream. You really gave us a great overview of many aspects of a child development career, which was very interesting. I'm going to talk to my granddaughter about your hub. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Teaching the youngest students is really important. That is where it all begins. You have provided great information on other related careers as well!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Pamela, thank you for always stopping by and for your positive support. It so encouraging. I hope your granddaughter finds working with children to be as rewarding as I have. It takes lots of patience but it is so fulfilling.

      Rebecca, thanks for your support and visit. I agree with you, it starts when they are so little but it proves priceless as years increase through teachers such as these.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very useful hub for anyone considering going into the field. I vote up and useful (not that I bet you figured!)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      What an informative hub! Up until recently I was a full-time teacher. But, I'm setting my sights on different options, and it's great that some of what you said here is exactly what I'm doing: teaching adults, doing computer stuff and it wouldn't have been possible without my teaching experience in the elementary school. Thanks for sharing and writing this. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Christy, you are always a boost to my writing. I appreciate you votes and visit here. Have a great evening.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hi Cclitgirl. It's great to have you visit here today. I loved teaching those little ones as well, but as you have done, I now teach adults and find it another rewarding experience. I am sure that you are making a big difference in many people's lives.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Child Development professionals are building blocks of a good society and a giant step towards making children good citizens. This is as great professional choice. You have provided very useful career information. Useful and interesting. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I appreciate your comments, Vellur. It means a lot to me. Thanks for your visit and support.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. from my experience, there are plenty of opportunities... I am glad that, in my area at least, some fundamental training and background checks are required.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Mhatter99. Most employment requires background checks these days. I think that is something you expect, along with a drug test. It's a pain but it does protect the children and employer. There are plenty of opportunities available that will lead to advancements within the industry. I appreciate your stopping in for a visit and hope all is well with you tonight.

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      Beautiful teaches.

      I can tell that you are an excellent teacher, and are wonderful with children. I have a few friends who are interested in child development careers.

      Voted up and shared

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It's good to hear that people still have a passion for working with children. Thanks for your visit and support, Skarlet. Have a most wonderful day, my friend.

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      My daughter will find this article useful. She just completed her degree in psychology and will be doing her Master in Child Psychology (or something related to child development!!) Will forward this to her.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Your daughter is to be congratulated for completing her degree. I know she will find great fulfillment in helping families to balance their home life. Thanks for your read and comment of the topic. Thanks for sharing as well. Take care of yourself.

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      Believe it or not, I was trained in early childhood development and always love kids. Child development careers can be very fulfiling. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello anglnwu! I am now in a different era of my life, but I still have my heart in early childhood education. It certainly is a fulfilling career and we need teachers who have this passion for excellence. I appreciate your visit and comment. Be well and safe today.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I really admire child development as a kid. Those who took care of me during my younger years STILL influence the manner in which I behave today.

      Awesome Hub. I love the layout and your useful advice. I hope this inspires more people to enter the industry!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Simone! Thanks for your visit. I believe early on that teachers will have an impact on a child's life. I hope that it does help teachers as well. You be well and safe out there.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Are you able to go into elementary school teaching with this degree? Or do you need additional education courses (as well as certification)? Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for the support, Alocsin. I believe you can work and slowly transition to elementary teaching, requires some extra courses. Appreciate your stopping by here and your votes of support.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Hi teaches12345; enjoyed the hub. It is very informative. I also am an educator with the head start program. 20 years and counting. This hub is useful and a great beginning for anyone considering the field of education. Thanks for this hub. Thumbs up and a share.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey, Kelly! Thanks for stopping by here and for leaving a comment. I imagine you have some really great advice to share on this topic as well. I appreciate your vote and sharing of this. Be blessed in your day's walk.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      This is very useful Diana. I would take note on your tips. It might come in handy.

      Have a good day! :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ignugent, wow, this is an extra treat to see you today! I so appreciate your following my thoughts on hubs. You enjoy your day well.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      It is good to know of the different career choices with this major. I once thought about getting a bachelors degree in child development but changed my due to the lack of knowledge about the jobs that are available with this degree. thanks for the informative hub. Voted up

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey Torri! This is a very rewarding career for those who love teaching and children. You would probably do well in this arena should you decide to enter some day. You never know!

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      SK Yadav 2 years ago from Gurgaon, Haryana

      When I first noticed the post title, I though is there really a career scope in child development field? But after reading the complete hub, I came to know that it's more of a career and life coach instead of child development only.

      I too noticed that being a child coach needs much more skills and knowledge of diverse fields to become a successful child care professional.

      This is really a good read. For ladies who prefer to stay at home, this is the best profession in my opinion too.

      SK Yadav - http://www.u18.edu.in/

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Yadav, glad to see you here today. Yes, there are several careers available in early childhood. They are all rewarding. Enjoy your weekend.

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