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Remember your favorite teacher? Remember how that teacher influenced your life? With a large number of employees predicted to retire from education, child development, and family services in the next decade, a wealth of career opportunities will be available. You might be able to affect others as your favorite teacher affected you. If you enjoy teaching children from preschool to high school, or you want to be a college professor, this sector is for you. Jobs are available for all levels of education. Training combines classroom instruction with hands-on community work experience.

Career Pathways

Careers that fall under the Child Development Pathway range from child care providers to child psychologists. Graduating students will be equipped to work with infants through young children. They will have studied growth and development, nutrition and health, learning theories, and age appropriate curriculum activities.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Infant Caregivers
  • Preschool Teachers
  • Parent Educators
  • Child Psychologists
  • Teacher’s Aides
  • Head Start Teachers
  • After-School Program Supervisors
  • Family Child Care Supervisors
  • Adoption or School Counselors
  • Child Protection Social Workers

Students following the Consumer Services Pathway will learn employment and management skills that include business structure, consumer rights and responsibilities, energy, environment and resource management, product testing and demonstration, and consumer communications. Education is broad-based and designed to prepare students for careers helping customers. With the wide variety of skills acquired through this pathway, the job market is ever expanding.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Credit Counselors
  • Consumer Affairs Directors
  • Financial Planners
  • Product and Development Researchers
  • Product Demonstrators
  • Property Management
  • Public Relations and Customer Service Representatives

The Education Pathway prepares students for professional or support positions, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. Students study human development, positive guidance and counseling techniques, age and grade appropriate learning strategies, and instructional design.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Teacher’s Aides
  • Speech Therapists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Tutors
  • Counselors or Administrators
  • Elementary, Secondary or Postsecondary Teachers

Family and Human Services Pathway encompasses a broad range of careers. Employment opportunities will be available working with children, families, and the elderly. Working with families and individuals to create healthy and stable environments can be a satisfying career. Working with the older generation as an elder care specialist is a relatively new and growing specialty. Continued growth in employment opportunities should be expected as health care professionals find ways to extend life.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Personal/Home Care Aides
  • Community Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Community Organization Directors
  • Family Advocates
  • Special Needs Case Workers
  • Elder Care Coordinators
  • Geriatric Group Home Administrators

Labor Market Information

The information below is just a small sample of the many great employment related resources available on the State of California website www.edd.ca.gov. We encourage you to visit the website and explore the available information.

Occupation Title Employment Levels in 2006 Projected Employment Level 2016 Projected Job Growth Percent of Job Growth 2008 Hourly ¹Mean Wage 2008 ²Weekly Mean Wage 2008 ³Monthly Mean Wage 2008 Annual Mean Wage
Child, Family, & school social workers
21,700 25,700 18.4% $24.92 $996.80 $4,186.56 $50,238.70
Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologist
20,900 25,100 20.1% $37.60 $1,504.00 $6,316.80 $75,801.60
Credit Analysts
8,900 8,900 0.0% $34.23 $1,369.20 $5,750.64 $69,007.70
Demonstrators & Product Promoters
14,100 16,600 17.7% $12.82 $512.80 $2,153.76 $25,845.10
Education Admin, preschool & Child Care
7,300 8,400 15.1% $24.40 $976.00 $4,099.20 $49,190.40
Elementary School Teachers
191,800 243,100 26.7% $29.94 $1,197.60 $5,029.92 $60,359.00
Loan Counselors
3,400 3,400 0.0% $21.86 $874.40 $3,672.48 $44,069.80
Lodging Managers
9,500 10,700 12.6% $25.81 $1,032.40 $4,336.08 $52,033.00
Medical & Public Health Social Workers
10,800 12,900 19.4% $28.34 $1,133.60 $4,761.12 $57,133.40
Personal & Home Care Aides
284,200 361,100 27.1% $10.45 $418.00 $1,755.60 $21,067.20
Personal Financial Planners
19,300 23,700 22.8% $44.32 $1,772.80 $7,445.76 $89,349.10
Post Secondary teachers, General
67,200 86,900 29.3% $35.13 $1,405.20 $5,901.84 $70,822.10
Property & Community Ass's Managers
88,400 92,600 4.8% $22.94 $917.60 $3,853.92 $46,247.00
Psychologist, All Others
2,400 2,800 16.7% $52.08 $2,083.20 $8,749.44 $104,993.00
Public Relations Specialist
26,000 30,800 18.5% $31.39 $1,255.60 $5,273.52 $63,282.20
Registered Nurse
238,400 298,000 25.0% $38.72 $1,548.80 $6,504.96 $78,059.50
Reporters and Correspondents
5,800 6,200 6.9% $24.22 $968.80 $4,068.96 $48,827.50
Secondary School Teachers
119,100 140,600 18.1% $31.52 $1,260.80 $5,295.36 $63,544.30
Speech-Language Pathologist
8,900 10,500 18.0% $36.83 $1,473.20 $6,187.44 $74,249.30
Tax Preparers
8,200 8,000 -2.4% $25.67 $1,026.80 $4,312.56 $51,750.70
Teacher Assistants
173,700 206,600 18.9% $14.29 $571.60 $2,400.72 $28,808.60