What Can I Do With This Degree?

General Information

Bachelor's degree is sufficient for entry-level positions.

Advanced degrees are essential for clinical and therapeutic counseling positions.

Master's degree or PhD is often needed for administrative and supervisory positions.

PhD is required for college teaching and advanced research positions.

Additional or specialized training qualifies one for higher paying and positions of greater responsibility.

Obtain part-time summer, internship, or volunteer experience in child care, schools, hospitals, camps, or overseas programs or in advocacy or service-oriented programs dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, aging, poor, or disabled populations.

Obtain certification in CPR, safety, and first aid for adults, children, and infants.

Develop interest and gain experience in computers, arts, crafts, music, or physical activity.

Obtain certification for specialized areas including Child Life Specialist or Child Advocacy. Visit www.childlife.org for more information.

Pre-school/Child Care

Careers

Employers

Strategies

  • Teaching Administration
  • Religious organizations
  • Private homes
  • Extended school programs
  • Head Start
  • Family day care
  • Preschool
  • Montessori Schools
  • Private, public franchise, and corp. day care centers
  • Develop physical stamina for working with children.
  • Acquire appropriate certification for licensure for day care and public school teaching.
  • Obtain experience working with children through volunteering or part-time jobs.
  • Demonstrate patience with children and the ability to work well with people of various backgrounds.
  • Develop strong communications skills to deal effectively with parents.

Education

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Careers

Employers

Strategies

  • Early Childhood Ed.
  • Early Childhood Spec. Educ.
  • Teaching
  • Family and Consumer Sci.
  • Research
  • Curriculum Development
  • Administration
  • Univ. Studt. Affairs Counsel.
  • Parent-Child Education
  • Public and private schools (K-12)
  • Public preschool programs (e.g., Head Start)
  • Private preschool programs
  • Montessori schools
  • Adult education programs
  • Colleges and universities
  • Programs servicing children & adults with special needs
  • Acquire appropriate certification for public school teaching.
  • Obtain PhD for college and university teaching and research opportunities.
  • Acquire certification for day care and parent-child education.
  • Obtain graduate degree for counseling, student affairs, and administrative positions.
  • Find part-time or summer jobs working with children.
  • Serve as a tutor, peer mentor, resident assistant or student advisor.

Community Services

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Careers

Employers

Strategies

  • Administration
  • Programming
  • Development
  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Community centers YMCA or YWCA
  • Rehabilitation organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Adult day care providers
  • Adoption agencies
  • Summer camp programs
  • Religious orgs.
  • Consumer protection agencies
  • Learn to work well with all types of people through volunteer or paid positions.
  • Seek related work experience, particularly summer camps or special needs areas.
  • Obtain Child Life Certification for some areas.
  • Develop strong presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Be willing to wear multiple hats within an organization.
  • Learn how to write grants.
  • Develop research and writing skills.

Social Services

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Careers

Employers

Strategies

  • Case Management
  • Counseling
  • Administration
  • Profit and nonprofit organizations focused on children, youth, families, or senior citizens
  • Adult and child day care providers
  • Group homes
  • Treatment Facilities
  • Youth services agencies
  • Senior citizens' programs
  • Foundations and funding organizations
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in social work, sociology, or psychology.
  • Obtain a master's degree and appropriate licensure in mental health counseling, social work, or rehabilitation counseling to provide therapy.
  • Earn a graduate degree to obtain most administrative positions.
  • Gain experience through volunteer positions or internships.

Medical

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Careers

Employers

Strategies

  • Child Care Programs
  • Education
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Hospices
  • Health and wellness agencies
  • Earn a master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related areas for the most opportunities.
  • Obtain experience in advocacy.
  • Acquire licensing or certification for some areas.
  • Volunteer in a healthcare setting

Government

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Careers

Employers

Strategies

  • Social Services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Program Coordination
  • Research
  • Program Evaluation
  • Legislation
  • Advocacy
  • Federal, state and local government agencies (i.e., Departments of Health, Education and Welfare; Criminal Justice; Sanitation; Fire and Safety; Nutrition; and Cooperative Extension)
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Mental health agencies
  • Military child care programs
  • Overseas child care and education programs
  • Health and wellness agencies
  • Women's protective agencies
  • Take additional courses in area of interest.
  • Develop strong presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Obtain specialized training for opportunities in protective services or law enforcement.
  • Complete an internship with a government organization.
  • Learn federal, state, and local job application procedures.

Communications

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Careers

Employers

Strategies

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Organizations geared toward children and family including; book publishers, professional associations, radio and TV stations, nonprofit organizations, manufacturers, newspapers, and magazines.
  • Minor or double major in a communications field.
  • Develop excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Submit articles or books for publication.
  • Work for campus publications or radio stations.
  • Complete internships with related organizations.

Business

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Careers

Employers

Strategies

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Manufacturing companies of children's clothes, toys, furniture, and food.
  • Department and retail stores
  • Service organizations
  • Minor in business; develop skills in areas such as management, marketing or sales.
  • Secure leadership positions on campus.
  • Get related experience through internships or part-time jobs.
  • Build computer skills in word processing, database management, and spreadsheet programs.
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