You’ve probably never heard of one of the most remarkable women to have a career working with babies: Dr. Leila Denmark. She was one of the first female pediatricians in the U.S., and she started practicing as a pediatrician in Georgia in 1931.
In 2001, this amazing role model retired at age 101, the oldest practicing physician in the nation! Working for over 70 years, Dr. Leila Denmark treated the grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of patients she originally saw as babies.
Pediatricians and obstetricians are two careers working with babies that require a lot of education and training. You can become a nanny, work as a baby photographer, help families as a newborn specialist, or calm babies as an infant massage therapist more quickly.
All jobs working with babies require at least some training, although the people who currently do them will tell you, these jobs require natural talent and on the job experience. Here are six diverse jobs that people who love babies should consider:
Pediatricians are medical doctors who work with newborn babies and children. With about 28,500 current pediatricians in the U.S., this medical specialty is one of the top 20-paying jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Pediatricians earned a median salary of $170,560 in 2018. You’ll need to complete a bachelor’s degree and medical school, and perform a residency and internship to become a pediatrician.
Medical doctors who care for pregnant women and deliver babies are obstetricians, also called OB/GYNs. With about 18,500 practicing doctors, OB/GYNs are the third-highest paying occupation in the U.S., with the highest earnings reserved for doctors in private practice. They earned a median salary of over $208,000 a year in 2018, the BLS reports. Aspiring OB/GYNs need to complete bachelor’s degrees and medical degrees. They must then complete an internship and a residency to become an OB/GYN.
A nanny cares for children in their family home, and also in their own home. They can also help the family with errands, housework, or personal assistant duties. There’s no special education required to become a nanny according to the BLS, but you should have CPR certification and good communication skills. Nannies earned an average of $23,240 a year in 2018 according to the BLS. Nannies in high-paying cities can earn $17 to $18 an hour and up to $39,000 in the highest-paid “nanny cities,” ZipRecruiter reports.
If you’ve seen the adorable, unique photos of Ann Geddes, you know the world’s most recognized baby photographer. Portrait photographers who specialize in babies, baby photographers can use digital or traditional photographic techniques. Baby photographers usually need a high school diploma to start work and gain more skills on the job and through professional development. The BLS reports that about 132,100 people were photographers in 2018, with a median pay of $34,000.
Newborn care specialists are trained to provide expertise in newborn care, focusing on helping mothers and babies after the baby comes home. They provide training and care for newborns, including staying up at night, feeding, and changing babies while newborn parents sleep. Newborn care specialists can earn $360 to $800 as daily rates depending on their background and experience. They can be a neonatal nurse, a doula, a medical assistant, or a nanny or mother who wants to work with children. Lactation consultants are a specialty in the field. The Newborn Care Specialist Association For Certification (NCAFC) offers specialized training and support.
Infant Massage Therapist
If you are sensitive and good with your hands and love babies, you could have two of the top talents needed for a career in infant massage therapy. Infant massage therapists should complete certified training programs that include training, contact hours, and supervised practicums. The BLS reports that massage therapists earned an average salary of $41,420 in 2018, and the career is expected to grow much faster than the average, with more than 35,000 new massage therapists needed by 2028, including infant massage therapists.