Child Life Specialist Jobs

Child Life Specialist Overview


Child Life Specialists are healthcare professionals who work in the area of pediatrics. These are the individuals that often work in hospitals and other settings where children are faced with such challenges as disability, illness and extended hospitalization. These specialists provide coping mechanisms so that children and their families are able to get through this difficult time and develop a better understanding as to the "why" of it all.

Child Life Specialist Education Requirements


The education requirements for Child Life Specialist jobs vary depending upon the full scope of the position. Most healthcare providers want to see a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in either child psychology or child development. There is also a required certification program that individuals must go through to become a Child Life Specialist, which goes through the Child Life Council. Those who can show that they have worked as a specialist at other healthcare facilities for two years or longer are likely going to have a better chance of getting a position. Being able to interact with children in a positive and caring fashion is a must.

Child Life Specialist Job Market


Statistics show that Child Life Specialist jobs are growing at a rate faster than average. The number of positions in this field is expected to grow by 18 percent in the United States over the next decade. Much of this growth has to do with the number of children’s hospitals being built. There is also more research to show that children thrive in hospitals when there is someone there to help with the overall coping aspect. Similar jobs to consider include Child Care Providers and Child Protection Services.

Child Life Specialist Salary

Child Life Specialists positions can vary from hourly to salaried depending on the overall environment in which a person chooses to work. State-funded children’s hospitals often provide higher salaries, usually averaging around $70,000 a year. Other healthcare facilities may offer an hourly rate between $18 and $24 an hour.
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BayCare Tampa, FL
Description The Child Life Specialist is responsible for implementing a psychosocially and developmentally supportive program for hospitalized children and families. Provides appropriate guidance for volunteers and students. The Child Life Specialist is a member of the pediatric health care team who focuses on the emotional and developmental needs of children using therapeutic and developmental p...
1000-UNCH Chapel Hill, NC
Description Rehabilitation Services at UNC-Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC is accepting applications for a Child Life Specialist position. The selected candidate will provide patient care to pediatric patients in the NC Children's Hospital. This will include procedural preparation and support, coping and adjustment to hospitalization and Legacy interventions. You will work closely with an interdisci...
UNC Health Care Systems Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
Rehabilitation Services at UNC-Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC is accepting applications for a Child Life Specialist position. The selected candidate will provide patient care to pediatric patients in the NC Children's Hospital. This will include procedural preparation and support, coping and adjustment to hospitalization and Legacy interventions. You will work closely with an interdisciplinary...
Texas Childrens Hospital Houston, TX, 77020
Shift : 12:30p - 1a (12 hrs) Sat - Mon Job Grade- 10 About Texas Children's Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas...
Baycare Health System, Inc Tampa, FL, 33602
The Child Life Specialist is responsible for implementing a psychosocially and developmentally supportive program for hospitalized children and families. Provides appropriate guidance for volunteers and students. The Child Life Specialist is a member of the pediatric health care team who focuses on the emotional and developmental needs of children using therapeutic and developmental play experienc...
Bachelor’s Degree in Child Life, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Psychology or related fields. Eligible to sit for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination. Established Child Life Professional Certification preferred. A high level of interpersonal/communication skills to effectively interact with children and families is often stressful situations, other hospital profe...
MountainStar Healthcare San Antonio, TX
Description General Statement of Duties: The Child Life Specialist plans and provides therapeutic activities and appropriate psychosocial/developmental care for pediatric and adolescent patients and families, to assist them in effectively coping with stress and anxiety of health care experiences, and in cooperation with other members of the health care team, integrates therapeutic interventions ...
Generous salary incentive for Bi-lingual Spanish/English proficiency. Mobilizing Communities, Building Careers. North Suffolk Mental Health Association has a common vision for improving the communities we serve. For more than 50 years, we’ve been helping individuals with mental health, disability, substance abuse, and other daily challenges achieve independence and explore possibilities. A caree...
Baycare Health System, Inc Tampa, FL, 33602
The Child Life Supervisor coordinates all activities of the Child Life Department including the daily supervision of all Child Life Specialists, Child Life Techs, SJCH volunteers, and the Hillsborough County public school program. The Supervisor assists the Manager with various administrative duties and acts as a liaison with public relations and community visiting groups. REQUIRED CERTIFICATION: ...
Description Job Summary: Child Life Specialist will apply knowledge of child development, special needs of the hospitalized child, therapeutic play techniques, and family dynamics to promote optimum development of children, to help them maintain normal living patterns, and to help minimize psychological trauma for children ages 0 21 years of age. Skills & Abilities: Must have an education of c...
Description Job Summary: Child Life Specialist will apply knowledge of child development, special needs of the hospitalized child, therapeutic play techniques, and family dynamics to promote optimum development of children, to help them maintain normal living patterns, and to help minimize psychological trauma for children ages 0 21 years of age. Skills & Abilities: Must have an education of c...
Providence Health & Services Portland, OR
Child Life Specialist Job Number: 62648 Schedule : Full-time Shift : Evening Job Category : Spiritual/Mission/Pastoral Care Location : Oregon-Portland Providence is calling a full-time Child Life Specialist for a day shift position at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, OR. In this position, you will: Empower children for life’s challenges while providing high quality family...
HCA North Texas Wichita, KS
Child Life Specialist( Job Number: 00323-12486) Work Location :United States-Kansas-Wichita-Wesley Medical Center Schedule :PRN/Per Diem Description Our mission: Wesley cares by ensuring quality healthcare, providing compassion, offering comfort, and building trust with every patient, every time. Position Summary: Provide activities and interventions to help children and families cope wi...
Cleveland Clinic Owasa, OK
Under the general direction of the Child Life Manager, assesses the developmental, social and physical needs of an assigned pediatric population and provides appropriate interventions, such as preparations and therapeutic play. Ability to assess and document patients developmental level, emotional state, understanding of hospitalization and procedures using informal assessment techniques throughou...
Cleveland Clinic Owasa, OK
This Child Life Specialist position will be working out of Hillcrest Hospital assisting in thepediatric emergency room, pediatric unit, radiology, and surgery. This position will also work with children of adult patients and community outreach events. The schedule for this position will include evening and weekend rotations. Under the general direction of the Child Life Manager, assesses the dev...
Cleveland Clinic Owasa, OK
an assigned pediatric population and provides appropriate interventions, such as preparations and therapeutic play. Ability to assess and document patients developmental level, emotional state, understanding of hospitalization and procedures using informal assessment techniques throughout the hospital stay.Ability to assess and document patients developmental level, emotional state, understanding ...
Johns Hopkins employs more than 20,000 people annually across our health system. Upon joining Johns Hopkins, you become part of a diverse organization dedicated to its patients, their families, and the community we serve, as well as to our employees. Career opportunities are available in academic and community hospital settings, home care services, physician practices, international affiliate loca...
Job Description: This position provides psychosocial support to children and families during hospitalization, surgeries and/or out-patient visits; is responsible for designing and maintaining the physical, therapeutic, developmental and educational environment of Child Life Services in a manner that promotes a child/family friendly atmosphere; and lends expertise and knowledge of child growth and...
A Child Life Specialist 1 ensures that comprehensive child life services are provided to minimize the negative impact of trauma, hospitalization and illness by addressing the emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs of patients and families. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Provides developmentally appropriate education to patients and families regarding healthcare experiences Pro...
Tenet Healthcare Corporation Philadelphia, PA
Description : Job Summary: Child Life Specialist will apply knowledge of child development, special needs of the hospitalized child, therapeutic play techniques, and family dynamics to promote optimum development of children, to help them maintain normal living patterns, and to help minimize psychological trauma for children ages 0 – 21 years of age. Skills & Abilities: Must have an education...

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Child Life Specialist

Salaries

$18,720.00 - $60,000.00
Typical Salary for Child Life Specialist
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Education / Training

Bachelor's
42.9%
High School
14.3%
Some College Coursework Completed
14.3%
Associates
14.3%
Master's
14.3%
(7 Respondents)
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