Working with children is a dream come true for many people around the world. But there are many career options to choose from. So, how do you work out what career is the best career for you if you want to work with children? To help you out, we have compiled a list of the top 10 best jobs for people who want to work with children.
In terms of pay, you can’t get a much higher salary working with kids than you would if you became a pediatrician. While the schooling is long, the payoff is a median salary of $170,530 as of May 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pediatricians spend their days helping kids treat their bumps and bruises, and also counseling parents on healthy eating and healthy habits.
Similar to pediatricians, pediatric nurses spend their days working with young patients. While doctors diagnose and treat patients, nurses provide more one-on-one care, often spending more time with each individual patient. Nurses working in specialty hospitals -- which can include pediatric hospitals -- earned a median income of $74,740 as of May 2013.
Elementary School Teacher
Elementary school teachers work with students from about age five to 12, helping them learn to read, write, do math and become productive citizens. While it’s a demanding job that requires a lot of planning -- and plenty of following state and federal protocols -- it’s also a rewarding one. As of May 2013, elementary school teachers earned a median salary of $56,320, according to BLS.
In an educational setting, school counselors help students succeed in school. That might include spending extra time with students who are having behavioral problems, as well as working with parents and families to find solutions. In middle schools and high schools, counselors also help students choose classes and develop educational plans. School counselors earned a median income of $56,160 as of May 2013, according to BLS.
Before they enter school, young children need stimulation, care and fun while their parents work. Preschool directors get a chance to work with children under age five, while at the same time handling the logistical and managerial elements of the child care center, such as hiring and firing, collecting payments, ordering supplies and directing the curriculum. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, preschool directors earned a median salary of $52,010 as of May 2013.
Social workers often work with families and children, helping teach them life skills and helping them succeed in school. While this can be a challenging job that involves working with families in crisis, it can also be a rewarding one. Social workers earned a median income of $46,060 as of May 2013, according to BLS.
Whether is leading a team of baseball players or teaching general sports skills, coaches help kids develop athletic abilities, as well as developing confidence and the ability to work together. Coaches and scouts at all levels earned a median income of $28,360 as of 2012, according to BLS.
Your love of the outdoors and outdoor activity can also work quite well in a career as a recreation leader. Work in national, state or community parks, or for community centers planning activities for kids and teaching them the wonders of nature -- all while you get chances of your own to sleep under a bowl full of stars. According to BLS, recreation workers earned a median income of $22,240 as of 2012 -- but who needs a high salary when you have the forest as your playground?
To move up in the world of youth recreation, seek a position as a camp director. This position gives you plenty of time to work with kids in an outdoor or recreational setting, but you’ll also be responsible for managing staff, planning activities for counselors, and recruiting participants. Sometimes, you’ll get free living expenses on site, which can make up for the relatively low pay.
Besides parents, no one works more one-on-one with kids than nannies, babysitters or caregivers. To turn the experience into more of a cultural one, you might even seek work as an au pair -- essentially a foreign worker living and working for a family in a foreign country. In that capacity, you’ll be responsible for teaching your charges your native tongue, while also keeping them entertained and cared for. According to BLS, child care workers in "residential care facilities" earned a median income of $20, 060 as of 2013, but you’ll often get free room and board as part of the gig.