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Top Jobs Involving Working with Children

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When it comes to thinking about jobs working with children, most people tend to think of the obvious jobs, such as working in a school or nursery. However there are actually so many different jobs that involve working with children besides these!


Of course, the two main sectors of employment that work with children are education and health. Jobs involving working with children include becoming someone who advises them on their careers, a teacher - be it early years, secondary, primary, or foreign language, as well as working in museums, educational psychologist, and learning mentor. You don't necessarily need to become a teacher in the traditional sense, as there are a lot of other exciting career opportunities in this realm.

You could also work in the healthcare sector. There is an increasing demand for nutrition and fitness specialists for children specifically, as well as on the whole. So you could become a specialist in children’s fitness - a skill which could then be used within the fitness industry as a whole. Other jobs include a speech and language therapist, paediatrician, health visitor, or children’s nurse. There are also a number of jobs in the social care sector, including becoming a psychotherapist for children, a therapist, or working in social and youth care. 

Training and Qualifications
The qualifications you require, and the training you undergo will largely depend on your job title. For a lot of jobs such as those in teaching, social work and nursing, you are going to need a specific degree. Of course the specific skill set that is required for each job is going to depend on it's exact nature too; in general for most jobs with children involved, you will need to have the skills outlined below:

  • A strong regard for health and safety
  • A professional attitude to work
  • A non-judgemental approach and respect for diversity
  • Resilience
  • Enthusiasm
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Adaptability
  • Leadership skills
  • The capacity to stay calm and think on your feet in situations that are stressful
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • A patient and caring nature 


Work experience with children can also be extremely beneficial when it comes to securing a job. There are local organisations and groups that offer volunteering opportunities, including Volunteering Matters, Do-it, and Action for Children. You may also want to look into donating your time to children’s charities, like the NSPCC and Childline.

Hopefully you now have a better understanding regarding what options are out there in terms of working with children, as well as the different skills and qualities you are going to need. Good luck job hunting!
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