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Creating Caretakers: 4 Careers that Make a Difference in Kids’ Lives

Perhaps you’ve always known you wanted to work with kids, or maybe you’ve only recently discovered that fact. Either way, the decision to devote your career to making a difference in the lives of children is a noble one. After all, children are our future and it’s a pretty universally agreed-upon idea that helping them become the best they can be is a noble endeavor. If you’re considering a career where you can make the most difference in the lives of children, consider any of these professional roles.


Teachers at all levels can make a vast impact on children’s lives. You’ve probably heard just about everyone bring up a former teacher and how that teacher helped them discover their passion in life. The great thing about being a teacher is that you have a lot of options. You can be a traditional classroom teacher in the grade level you prefer.

You can teach a certain subject. Or you could do something a little different, like being an instructor or educator in summer programs. The requirements for teaching can vary by institution or educational program, though it’s pretty standard that a bachelor’s degree in education is required at the least.


Pediatricians make a difference every day in the lives of children by caring for them when they are hurt or sick. You’re responsible for diagnosing illnesses and conditions of all kinds, as well as informing kids and their parents about health topics. You can provide children with lifesaving vaccines.

Through charity work, you can save and improve the lives of poor and needy children, both domestically and abroad. Even if you don’t wish to be an actual doctor, or do not have the means to, you can still become a pediatric nurse or other professional that works with children in a medical setting. To become a pediatrician you need a medical degree, while nurses usually only require a bachelor’s degree. In both cases, you should specialize in pediatrics.

Social Worker

Social workers spend their lives protecting the most vulnerable children and giving them the best possible shot at life. The goal of a social worker is to give underprivileged children the same opportunities that privileged children have.

The job of a social worker can be dangerous, however, as you are often required to go into not-so-great neighborhoods and interact with potentially violent abusers or other dangerous people. But the rewards can be more than worth it when a child gets to grow up at all because of your influence. You can generally become a social worker with a bachelor’s degree in social work. However, some positions will require a higher level of education.

Child Therapist

There are a number of different types of therapy that anyone interested in being a child therapist can pursue. Speech therapists teach children how to overcome speech impediments that can make them the targets of bullying.

Respiratory therapists perform life-saving monitoring of and assistance to newborn babies who have been born with heart and lung problems. This profession requires that you become a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) and/or registered respiratory therapist (RRT). Child psychologists work with children to diagnose and help manage mental illness and other problematic conditions and behaviors in children. To become a therapist, the requirements vary from associate’s degree to a PhD, so know what your specialty requires.

There are a number of honorable professions that work to better the lives of America’s youth. The ones outlined above are just a small sample of the things you could do with your career to help children lead their best lives. It’s great that you’ve chosen to devote your career to such a noble cause, and hopefully you will truly be able to make a difference.

Author Bio

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Kara recommends looking into a career as a respiratory therapist to help you be a help to children.

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