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5 More Career Opportunities for Those Who Love Babies

Child Care

This is the second article in our “Working with Babies” series (not to be confused with bringing your babies to work!) which is one of our most popular topics (see our first article – Career Opportunities for Those Who Love Babies). These careers pay well and are inspiring. You would be surprised how much you can learn from babies (seriously). More than that, these careers are rewarding and challenging.

Nannies

We’ve all heard of Nannies (and some of us had them growing up).  An interesting, challenging and rewarding career.

  • What They Do –  Quite a bit, depending on who you work for. Responsibilities typically include taking care of one or more babies/children in their home. Feeding (maybe cooking), bathing, taking to and from school/nursery programs and trips to the doctor. Some Nannies also do some housekeeping. Much also depends on if you are a “live-in” or arrive in the morning and leave in the evening.

Career opportunities for those who love babies - You would be surprised how much you can learn from babies (seriously).

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  • Training, Requirements and Education Needed – Definitely CPR, good with kids (really?), good under pressure, attention to detail and lots of patience.  Training could include Nanny training courses (see below) and Nanny schools and, where possible, previous experience.
  • How Much They Make – Much depends on the number of children, where you are located, previous experience/age and the range of duties. However, according to care.com, full-time Nannies can expect to make $325 – $800 per week (depending on the specifics listed above) as a live-in and $8 – $20 per hour if you do not live in.

Daycare Workers

A quick definition of a daycare – according to Wikipedia.org – “daycare is the care of a child during the day by a person other than the child’s legal guardians, typically performed by someone outside the child’s immediate family.”

  • What They Do –The main differences between daycare workers and Nannies is that daycare workers typically watch several children (from different families) at a location that is not in the home of the children. Additionally, daycare workers are not doing housekeeping, cooking, etc. Much of the day is spent on activities to keep the children occupied and to provide a learning experience as well.

“When you have an opportunity to work in a field that pays you well while you get to do what you love, you should not pass up the opportunity. Here are five careers involving babies that you can pursue. Each of them gives you a chance to do more than just accompany these new beginners in life. They let you have a profound impact in the quality of a person’s life when they are just starting out in the world.” – Career Opportunities for Those Who Love Babies

  • Training, Requirements and Education Needed – Similar to Nannies, CPR and general first aid knowledge are critical. Many states provide training programs and some require some type of certification. There is a broad range of skills and training required depending on the location and organization. Your state and city will likely have a list of resources and training requirements.
  • How Much They Make – According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, childcare workers typically make (on average) $9-10 per hour and $20,000 per year.
  • Other Resources and Things to Consider –
    • Hours, pay and location are key things to think about when considering this career.
    • Resources – myfuture.com has some information regarding training. Also, take a look at child care organizations (such as http://www.nafcc.org).
    • Book Corner – Careers in Childcare

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Infant Teachers

No, these are not infants who teach. Seriously though, this is the next step above childcare and nannies, generally requiring specific education and certification.

  • What They Do – They help develop (and then teach) education programs for infants and young children up to 3 years or so). They are typically part of a teaching team which can also include Teacher Assistants and aides.
  • Training, Requirements and Education Needed – These positions typically require a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education or a related field. Experience helps as well, depending on the position. Some type of certification is generally required and this is governed by the city, state or county where the job resides.
  • How Much They Make – According to glassdoor.com, salaries generally range from $24,000 to $31,000 depending on experience and education.

Baby Photographers

Another challenging and rewarding career.  Everyone wants professional pictures of their babies.

  • What They Do – Seems fairly obvious (but it is not). A baby photographer specializes in taking pictures of babies and newborn infants. This is typically done in a studio but can also be done in homes and other locations/events. Lots of props are needed, as is the ability to get the best baby expressions (not an easy task, but can be fun).
  • Training, Requirements and Education Needed – To start, you obviously need to be a good photographer. A portfolio always helps, especially if it includes babies and toddlers. Good equipment is a must have as well. Getting hands-on experience (even if it includes babies plus other types of subjects).
  • How Much They Make – A lot depends on whether you have your own studio, work for someone else or are a freelancer. If you work in a “chain” photography business, you will likely make somewhere between $9-$12 per hour. If you have your own business, $4,000 per month is about average. If you get lots of projects, you could potentially make much more.
  • Other Resources and Things to Consider 
    • Where the jobs are – If you are looking to hook up with some experience, try this link – professional photographer jobs.
    • Resources – Photographer organizations are the best place to start. Try www.ppa.com.
    • Book Corner – [easyazon_link asin=”0817435794″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”caree07-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Going Pro: How to Make the Leap from Aspiring to Professional Photographer[/easyazon_link].

Newborn Specialists

– A newborn specialist is more typically called a baby nurse.

  • What They Do – A Newborn Specialist provides assistance to parents after they bring the baby home from the hospital. This includes feeding, bathing, diaper changes, and help with breast feeding and more. They also help with sleep training and development.
  • Training, Requirements and Education Needed –The more training the better. There are certification programs that you can take (like NCSA or ICT).
  • How Much They Make – Hourly rates range from $18 to $25 depending on how many babies you care for. According to Indeed.com, annual salaries can be as high as $40,000 per year.
  • Other Resources and Things to Consider –
    • Where the jobs are – Click the following link for a list of Newborn Specialist Jobs.
    • Resources – Here too, national organizations have the best resources – NCSA.
    • Book Corner – [easyazon_link asin=”0323096107″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”caree07-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Maternal Child Nursing Care, 5e[/easyazon_link].

 

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