Working with children is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding jobs, but it can be challenging to choose what career to pursue when there are so many options. However, at the end of the day, it ultimately depends on what you want to be doing for the rest of your life. In this article, we are going to talk about some of the most popular jobs that work with children. Sound interesting? Let's get started.
One of the most popular career choices for those that love children is to become a teacher. This is a highly rewarding job, and these individuals play a crucial role in the life of a child. If you want to become a teacher, you need to consider the age group that you are drawn to. For example, you could work in an elementary school, middle school, or high school.
However, it's not all fun and games! You need to be able to grade papers, follow the curriculum, and order classroom supplies to help educate your children. On top of all this, you have to ensure your children are motivated and productive, which sometimes isn't easy. It's a big job!
To become a teacher in the US, you will need a minimum of a bachelor's degree in education and a state teaching license. You'll also need to have a certain number of supervised teaching hours up your sleeve during your course.
A pediatrician is a doctor whose specialty is to provide care to children under the age of 18. While it can be a difficult job, it's also very rewarding at the same time. These individuals look after hundreds of children every year, all needing different treatments, operations, and care.
In the US, to become a pediatrician, you first need to complete a bachelor's degree to become then accepted into medical school. After your medical school program, you'll need to complete a residency in a hospital's pediatrics unit. While it is an extremely lengthy process, it can be considered one of the most essential jobs in the world.
The role of a child psychologist is to assess and treat those under the age of 18. This could be with various mental conditions, developmental issues, or learning disabilities. After identifying the circumstances, they can then proceed with the best course of action, such as therapy or medication.
To become a child psychologist, you must obtain a master's degree and major in clinical psychology studies or child development. From here, you will need to complete a two year supervised clinical internship before obtaining your license.
A child/family social worker's role is to improve the quality of life of children in their home environment. When a child is abused, neglected, or living below the poverty line, this is when a social worker steps in. This can be considered a challenging job; however, it can significantly improve the lives of children around you.
To begin working as a social worker, you will generally require a bachelor's degree as either a mental health assistant or caseworker. Similar to the above jobs, you will then need to complete a supervised internship before applying for your license.
Early childhood educator
If you love working with younger children, from babies to six years, then becoming an early childhood educator might just be the job for you. These individuals focus on teaching fine/gross motor skills, social skills, and self-help skills rather than academics.
To become an early childhood educator, you must complete a bachelor's degree with a major in early childhood education and then apply for your state teaching credentials. However, there are lower entry positions available for those with a high school diploma.
Child speech-language pathologist
Last on the list, a child speech pathologist assists with treating speech, language, and swallowing disorders in young individuals. This often results in a lot of speech therapy, including lessons to help children communicate effectively.
If you wish to become a speech pathologist, the best way to go is to complete a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders. You'll then need to move on to your master's in speech pathology.
And that's it! These were some of the most popular job options that involve working with children. While each of these require different degrees and experience, all of them allow you to help nurture and watch children grow. Good luck, but before you make any decisions make sure you do some further research to see university options near you.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist