Jobs Supporting Young People

Young people may need additional support outside of their parents and families in various aspects of their lives. Here we discuss a few of the career opportunities and educational requirements for individuals interested in jobs supporting young people.

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Career Options Supporting Young People

There are many different jobs that involve providing support to young people, whether through physical care, education, mentoring and more. For those interested in making a career out of supporting young people, we have created a table that lists a few great options.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Childcare Worker $21,170 5%
Middle School Teacher $56,720 6%
Special Education Teacher $57,910 6%
School and Career Counselor $54,560 8%
Coaches and Scouts $31,460 6%
Clergy $45,740 6%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Jobs Supporting Young People

Childcare Workers

Childcare workers support young people by providing for their basic care needs when their families are at work or otherwise unavailable. They may help children of all ages by feeding them, overseeing instructional activities, bathing them and assisting with their school work. They keep children safe and closely watch for any emotional or developmental problems that need to be brought to parents' attention. These workers may not need a formal education, but requirements vary by state and employer and could require certification.

Middle School Teachers

Although we are focusing on middle school teachers, educators at all levels support young people by teaching them various skills and growing their knowledge in many different subjects. Middle school teachers, specifically, work with young people in the 6th through 8th grades. Like any teacher, they must prepare lesson materials, assessments and activities to teach their subject content to their students. They also update parents and administrators on students' progress and deal with any disciplinary issues that may arise in the classroom. Middle school teachers need at least a bachelor's degree, and usually a state license.

Special Education Teachers

Special education teachers specialize in working with young people with various disabilities. Like other educators, they are needed at all levels of education. Their students may have varying degrees of physical, emotional, mental or learning disabilities that require unique activities and lesson plans in order to teach subject content similar to what their peers are learning. Special education teachers design and modify lessons to meet their students' needs, develop and implement Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for their students and work with parents, administrators and counselors to prepare their students for the next grade or to live independently after graduation. These professionals need a bachelor's degree and state licensure to work in the public school system.

School and Career Counselors

Similar to teachers, school counselors can work at the elementary, middle and high school levels, while career counselors typically work with young people at colleges. School counselors meet with students to help them learn and develop the skills they need to pass each grade and prepare for graduation. They closely monitor students' progress and may teach them things like organizational and study skills or even social skills. Career counselors can work with adults, but usually work with young adults who are new to college and trying to choose a major and career path. They may interview them or provide various assessments to try and match a student's interests with a career. School counselors usually need a master's degree and state license. A master's degree is also preferred for career counselors, and some states require a license for those in private practices.

Coaches and Scouts

Coaches and scouts primarily work with young people involved in athletics by teaching and training them in a particular sport. Coaches run practices, teach young people the game, make decisions during games and evaluate their players to monitor improvement. Coaches not only teach young people the sport, they may also provide support through mentoring and by offering advice on college choices. Scouts are more on the recruiting side of the sport, but may offer some advice to young people during important decision-making processes. Coaches and scouts usually hold a bachelor's degree. They typically have some experience in the sport they are coaching or recruiting for.


Clergy, including children's ministers, youth pastors and more, support young people spiritually. They may offer advice and support to young people and their families during hard times, provide safe and fun places to explore religion and deliver sermons on various subjects. Members of the clergy may help young people develop healthy relationships and resolve conflicts peacefully. Many members of the clergy have master's degrees, but some hold bachelor's degrees. Clergy also receive some on-the-job training.

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