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Careers Working with Teenagers

For those who are passionate about working with teenagers, there are several careers in different job fields available. Explore a few of the available careers and learn about their median salaries and expected job growth rates.

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Career Options Working with Teenagers

Despite being young adults, teenagers still need extra support and various services, which in turn provide the opportunity for several different careers. These careers are available in areas like education, faith and recreation and vary greatly in job duties. Here we discuss some of the available jobs working with teenagers.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
High School Teachers $58,030 8%
Coaches and Scouts $31,460 13%
School and Career Counselors $54,560 11%
Recreation Workers $23,870 9%
Directors of Religious Activities and Education $38,610 7%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Careers Working with Teenagers

High School Teachers

High school teachers typically educate teenage students from the 9th to 12th grades in various subjects, such as science, math, history and more. They must design lesson plans to teach the required material, as well as assignments and exams that they later have to grade. These teachers also supervise students, communicate with parents concerning the progress of their child and enforce classroom and school rules. High school teachers need at least a bachelor's degree and those that work in public schools are required to have a state license or certification.

Coaches and Scouts

Some coaches and scouts may work with young teenage middle school, high school or college student athletes. Coaches may serve as a mentor to these athletes as they run practices and aim to improve players' technique and knowledge of their sport. Scouts may interact with older teenagers to try to recruit them to play for a particular postsecondary institution or professional sports team. Coaches and scouts must fully understand their sport and usually have a bachelor's degree.

School and Career Counselors

School and career counselors may work with teenagers in high school or college to prepare them for life after graduation. School counselors specialize in counseling students and helping them overcome any educational obstacles, such as behavioral problems, study and organizational skills or bullying issues. Career counselors may work with these young adults to help them figure out their interests and strengths and how those may relate to possible careers, as well as how to prepare for job interviews. School counselors must hold a master's degree and state credential and career counselors may need a state license.

Recreation Workers

Some recreation workers may specialize in working with teenagers and leading them through various recreational activities. These activities range from sports and adventure camps to dance and arts and crafts, but all aim to help teens stay active and have fun. Recreation workers are responsible for providing the necessary equipment for the activity, explaining and enforcing the rules of the activity and performing first aid if necessary. Most of these workers only need a high school diploma and undergo on-the-job training.

Directors of Religious Activities and Education

Youth directors at various churches and religious organizations may work with teenagers to offer guidance and education in their faith. These directors plan and coordinate a variety of activities for teens that may explain more about their religion and allow for social interactions; they also serve as a supportive figure to offer advice to teens with health, social or other kinds of problems. They may help recruit volunteers and train the volunteers for the different activities and events. They typically need a bachelor's degree.

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