Snapshot: Imagine that your child must face a difficult hospital stay. A child life specialist helps your child acclimate to his or her surroundings, role-plays scary medical procedures, and aids the family in reducing stress. While most child life specialists work in hospitals, some may also work in hospices and summer camps for children with serious diseases.
Getting there: A bachelor's degree (e.g., in child development) with at least 10 related courses—including a 480-hour internship—will prepare you for this rewarding, but often low-paying career.
Learn more: Child Life Council