Career Opportunities and ECE Related Careers

Although many people use the child development degree they earn at Ventura College to directly teach young children in a 0 - Pre-K classroom or family child care program, there are many students who want to work with children and families, however, they don’t want to work in a classroom. Below is a list of potential careers available to you with a Child Development degree that are not directly classroom related. Note: Many positions listed below will require additional schooling to achieve at least a Bachelor's Degree.

Career Paths for Child or Child and Adolescent Development Background
Child/Family Advocacy and Government Lobbyist
Legislation Impacting children and families
Child Care Law and Employment Law
Grant Writer
Fund Raiser
Government Official Advocacy
Advocate
Community Care Licensing Staff
Children Services Coordinator for Volunteers
Social Services
Rehabilitation
Program Coordination  Research
Program Evaluation
Legislation
Family Lawyer
Resource and Referral Agency Staff
Business and Communication Child and Education Product Developer
Early Childhood Quality Consultant
Early Childhood Program Director
Curriculum Developer
Toy Inventor
Toy Tester
Author of Child/Youth books and media programs
Retail with developmental focus on children’s books, music, toys
Design of children’s products (e.g. clothing, furniture, playground equipment)
Party Planner
Sales representative
Consumer advocate
Journalism
Public Relations
Research
Editing
Broadcasting
Entertainer/Puppeteer/Clown
Corporate Advisor on Child Care Programs
Designer of Developmentally Appropriate Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
Counseling and Human Services Residential Care Specialist
Community Services
Family Support Services Personnel
Youth Development Advisor
Case Management/Child Abuse Case Worker
Counseling
Administration of Human Services
Foster Care and Adoption Services
Education Family and Consumer Science
Research
Curriculum Development
Administration (school districts/child care)
Student Affairs Counseling
Parent/Parent-Child Education
Museum Educator
School Psychologist/Counselor
School Liaison
PE/Music/Art Teacher
Occupational Therapist
Special Education
Remedial Subjects Instructor
Tutor
Remedial Education Instructor
Early Childhood Educator
Family Child Care Provider
School Readiness Coordinator
Substitute Teacher 
Educational Interpreter for Deaf
Education Software Tester
Child Assessment Assistant or Evaluator
After School Program Staff
Home Visitor
Teaching (K-12)
Early Childhood Teaching (0-5)
Early Childhood Special Education
Family Liaison
Children’s Librarian
School District Support Staff
Health Child Life Specialist
Public Health and Wellness Educator
Patient Advocate
Pre and Post Natal Care Instructor
Birth and Newborn Care Instructor
Child Care for Medically Fragile Children
Child Life Specialist
Occupational Therapist
School Nurse
Family Therapist
Child Psychologist/Psychiatrists
Childbirth Instructor
Midwife
Pediatric Nurse
Physical Therapist
Speech Therapist
Pediatrician
Child Nutritionist
Juvenile Justice Probation Officer
Group Home Manger
Educator within the Juvenile Justice System
Recreation Recreation Specialist
Camp director
Scouting Troop Leader
Coach
Camp counselor
Resources Information gathered from a variety of sources including the website below
What can I do with this degree?
Career Ideas for Child Development Majors

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