General Information:

  • Bachelor’s degree is sufficient for entry-level positions.
  • Advanced degrees are essential for clinical and therapeutic counseling positions.
  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. is often needed for administrative and supervisory positions.
  • Ph.D. is required for college teaching and advanced research positions.
  • Additional or specialized training qualifies one for higher paying and positions of greater responsibility.
  • Obtain part-time, summer, internship or volunteer experience in child care, schools, hospitals, camps or overseas programs or in advocacy or service-oriented programs dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, aging, poor or disabled populations.
  • Obtain certification in CPR, safety and first aid for adults, children and infants.
  • Develop interest and gain experience in computers, arts, crafts, music or physical activity.
  • Obtain certification for specialized areas including Child Life Specialist or Child Advocacy.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA/Employer.


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