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Child Life Specialists

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The employment outlook for child life specialists is very favorable. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that most hospitals specializing in pediatric care have child life programs with more than 400 hospitals in North America having such a program. Child life services are recommended and provided to different degrees in community hospitals with pediatric units, ambulatory clinics, and emergency departments. In addition, the number of these programs has doubled since 1965. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the employment growth outlooks through 2014 for healthcare social workers, medical and health services managers, and child, family, and social workers are much faster than the average for all occupations, much faster than the average for all occupations, and about as fast as average for all occupations, respectively.

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