Career Details

Child Life Specialist

Career Overview

A child life specialist works with kids in a health care setting to deal with stress related to chronic illnesses, injuries, disabilities, and loss.


A four-year bachelor's degree in a child life specialist or related program is usually required to obtain this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$30,000 /yr
$40,000 /yr
$52,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Child life specialists typically work in hospitals.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

PayScale, Inc.