Child Life Specialist

What Does A Child Life Specialist Do?

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

How Do I Become A Child Life Specialist?

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

What is the Average Salary For A Child Life Specialist?

High – 52,000
Median – 40,000
Low – 30,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Child Life Specialist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Child Life Specialist?

Child life specialists typically work in hospitals.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Child Life Specialist?

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


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
  • Payscale

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Child Life Specialist?