Love of Kids: Your Career Working with Children

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Love of Kids: Your Career Working with Children

By Heidi Staples

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Whether you would like to help them come into the world or help them once they are here, the time is ripe for you to work with kids. The booming education and health sector offers many jobs that involve working with children. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the education and health sector is going to grow by 30.6 percent between now and 2014-faster than any other industry supersector. Close to 3 out of every 10 new jobs created in the U.S. economy will be in either healthcare and social assistance or private educational services sectors. So which jobs in this burgeoning sector will let you work with kids? Keep reading.

The big picture Does the mystery of life fascinate you? If so, you might like working as a sonographer specializing in obstretics and gynecology. Sonographers take pictures of the womb's interior, tracking a baby's growth and health. These days, you can capture 3-D and even 4-D video images. Sonographers enter the profession from many avenues, including training in hospitals, vocational-technical institutions, colleges, universities, and the Armed Forces. How much money can you make? Sonographers generally bring in 44,000-60,000 a year.

The big day If you want to pitch in throughout the pregnancy and to deliver babies, but you do not want to face the long-haul and emptied bank account of med school, then perhaps consider a career as a midwife. Midwives come in several stripes-certified midwife, direct-entry midwife, certified professional midwife and certified nurse midwife. Each job title requires particular training ranging from a simple apprenticeship to post-graduate study, and the salaries vary accordingly. Keep in mind that some states will allow only certified nurse midwives, who are registered nurses with advanced training in midwifery, to deliver babies.

The little ones Maybe you get nervous with tech gadgets or woozy at the sight of blood. Or maybe you simply love working directly with the youngsters. If so, you might be keen on teaching. Preschool, kindergarten, and elementary teaching jobs are projected to grow, and they offer you a chance of having a lasting impact on the lives of kids. If you decide to teach, you will need at least a bachelor's degree. Although private schools do not require a license, public schools do. Alternative licensure programs exist, allowing you to start teaching while you get certified. Median salaries for kindergarten and elementary school teachers range from 41,000-46,000. Plus, let's not forget those summer breaks!

Murses and Mannies Think working with kids is for women only? Think again! According to the Department of Labor, a growing number of men are going into traditionally female dominated fields like nursing, midwifery, and elementary school teaching. The number of male registered nurses doubled from 57,000 in 1983 to 164,000 in 2002. The number of men teaching pre-kindergarten and kindergarten rose from 6,000 in 1983 to 15,000 in 2002. This employment trend has even given rise to its own slang, such as murses for male nurses and mannies for male nannies.

If you are gaga for kids, opportunities for meaningful and well-paid work abound. Some other possibilities include: Child Psychiatrist, Children Youth and Family Counselor, Doula, Health Educator, Pediatric Dentist, Pediatric Nurse, Pediatric Rehabilitation Counselor, and Play Therapist.

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