10 jobs for people who want to work with children

There are plenty of ways to work with kids if you want a career that focuses on the next generation.

Kids can be a handful, but for those who are up to the challenge, working with children also can be a rewarding career choice. In addition to more traditional options—such as teaching and child care—we’ve highlighted a few kid-focused careers you may not have considered.

Check out the list below:

1. Kindergarten and elementary school teacher

Job description: Kindergarten and elementary school teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects, such as math and reading.

Typical education level: Bachelor’s degree

Median hourly pay: $27.44

2. Education administrator

Job description: Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curricula, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

Typical education level: Bachelor’s degree

Median hourly pay: $23.02

3. Librarian

Job description: Librarians help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use. Their job duties may change based on the type of library they work in, such as public, school, and medical libraries.

Typical education level: Master’s degree

Median hourly pay: $28.78

4. Preschool and childcare center directors

Job description: Preschool and childcare center directors supervise and lead staffs, oversee daily activities, design curricula, and prepare budgets. They are responsible for all aspects of their center’s program.

Typical education level: Bachelor’s degree

Median hourly pay: $22.01

5. Pediatricians

Job description: Physicians who diagnose, treat and help prevent children’s disease and injuries.

Typical education level: Doctoral or professional degree

Median hourly pay: $86.55

6. Coach

Job description: Coaches teach amateur or professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport. Many coaches are also involved in scouting. Scouts look for new players and evaluate their skills and likelihood for success at the college, amateur, or professional level.

Typical education level: Bachelor’s degree

Median hourly pay: $19.00

7. Speech-language pathologist

Job description: Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat and help prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients.

Typical education level: $37.42

Median hourly pay: Master’s degree

8. Lawyer

Job description: Attorneys in the juvenile justice system specialize in legal issues applying to minors, which often differ from those that apply to people over 18. Juvenile justice attorneys work to protect the rights of minors who may have fallen victim to a crime or suffered an injustice. Juvenile justice attorneys also defend minors who have been accused of committing a crime.

Typical education level: Doctoral or professional degree

Median hourly pay: $60.56

9. Child social worker

Job description: Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

Typical education level: Bachelor’s degree

Median hourly pay: $22.79

10. Pediatric registered nurse

Job description: Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Typical education level: Bachelor’s degree

Median hourly pay: $39.91

*Job descriptions and educational levels from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Median hourly pay from Emsi Consulting.