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​Child Development/Early Childhood Education Careers

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Where Can I Work With Educational Training?

Depending on the level of your education and specialization in age group or area such as special education or language, you may work in:

  • Church education programs
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community colleges
  • Community programs such as the YMCA, YWCA or Red Cross
  • Child-care centers, from private to corporate-sponsored
  • Federal programs such as Head Start
  • Hospitals
  • Industries where children cannot attend regular schools and need to be individually tutored, such as in the film and television industries
  • Overseas settings for businesses, American schools for expatriate families or international schools
  • Libraries, museums or other city programs
  • Not-for-profit organizations such as AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps or America Reads
  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Schools with special educational emphasis such as Montessori or international education
  • Technical and vocational schools
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Salaries and Projected Job Growth

America’s Career Infonet lists salary ranges for the following job titles. Note: many of the following job categories may require education past the associate degree level.

Job Title Median Annual Salary Est. % Job Growth Through 2018
Child-care workers $17,800 +20%
Special education teachers, pre-K through elementary $50,400 +20%

Special education teachers, middle school

$50,200 +42%

Teacher assistants

$19,700 +29%
Teachers, elementary school $50,700 +39%
Teachers, kindergarten $48,100 +37%
Teachers, middle school $50,700 +39%

Teachers, preschool

$22,700 +30%

Teachers, secondary school

$52,300 +31%
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