Program ResourcesWhat Can You Do With a Child Development Degree?

A Bachelor of Arts in Child Development is an attractive option for many students due to its interdisciplinary nature. The degree combines several aspects of psychology, communication and social sciences in addition to more traditional coursework taken in other subjects. The program has a heavy focus on advocacy and leadership in the field of early education. Students concentrate heavily on the development of children from birth to grade 3, but it is a common practice for students to narrow the focus of their coursework to a specific age group or developmental topic. Students gain a wide base of knowledge within these areas, making the degree extremely valuable.

Graduates of child development programs can pursue a variety of different careers. They may be attracted to working as a preschool or day care director, or they may choose to go into traditional public or private education settings. There is rising demand for educators and social workers who specialize in working with children. Here are a few examples of jobs available to graduates with a bachelor’s in child development:

  • Child Life Specialist
  • Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Parent Educator
  • Early Childhood Education Consultant
  • Early Childhood Education Regulator
  • Social Worker

Students who love working with children and who are interested in becoming children’s advocates may be a good fit for the Bachelor of Arts in Child Development degree. This degree has the potential to open doors to advanced positions in various organizations. One of the most attractive qualities of a degree in child development is that relevant careers in education and social work are available in all job markets.

Career Growth and Salary Potential

As in any other field, salaries vary based on the career chosen. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that kindergarten and elementary school teachers earn a median salary of $54,550 annually, with 6 percent job growth by 2024. Preschool teachers earn a median annual salary of $28,570, with 7 percent job growth by 2024. Social workers earn a median annual salary of $45,900. Employment of social workers is expected to increase 12 percent by 2024.