7 Rewarding Careers That Focus on Helping Babies

If working with babies has you jumping for joy, several career choices will surround you with newborns.


Most people would agree: there’s something about a baby that brings you joy. Caring for babies can leave you feeling fulfilled. After all, these are small little humans that are helpless, and you’re making a difference in their lives – but how do you get such a job?

1. Pediatrician

A pediatrician is a medical doctor that works with babies frequently. The upside about becoming a pediatrician is that you can watch babies grow into toddlers, and then all the way to their teen years.

How to become a pediatrician: You will need a doctorate in medicine. Next, you will need to complete a pediatric- focused residency program. Finally, once you receive your license to practice, you can officially become a general pediatrician who diagnoses and treats a broad range of medical conditions in children.

2. NICU Nurse

A NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Nurse is someone who has an advanced nursing position caring for newborns who are diagnosed as critically ill, and who need intensive care as soon as they are born.

This role isn’t just for anyone. You will see newborns in very rough conditions, and you will need to be able to handle that in a professional manner while being supportive of the parents of the newborn. If you’re a strong and compassionate person, you likely will fit this role.

How to become a NICU nurse: First, you will need to earn your BSN degree and gain some experience in pediatrics. Additionally, this role requires extensive training in operating advanced medical equipment.

3. PICU Nurse

A PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) Nuse has the same responsibilities as a NICU nurse. However, there is one difference – a PICU nurse cars for children with a broader age gap from newborns to toddlers, and even older children.

4. Neonatal Nurse

A neonatal nurse cares for newborns in the maternity and children’s hospitals. Neonatal nurses consist of three different levels:

Level One. Nurses are qualified to care for healthy infants.

Level Two. Nurses will need training to care for newborns who are sick, as well as premature infants.

Level Three. Nurses will need advanced training to care for newborns with a critical condition.

How to become a neonatal nurse: A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing is needed, with a Master’s that focuses on neonatal care. Additionally, many employers will require you to be a certified neonatal nurse practitioner.

5. Midwife

A midwife has the advantage of caring for a newborn before they are even born. From the time a woman finds out she is pregnant, a midwife gets to watch the pregnancy progress and be with the woman until delivery, as well as through postpartum.

How to become a midwife: Requirements can vary depending on location and job. However, usually, a midwife can start actively working once they complete a short midwifery program. In other cases, on the job training is needed. Most midwives typically enter this profession as an RN.

6. Nanny

Some families need both parents working to provide enough stable income. However, some parents are leery about sending their children to daycare, and that’s where a nanny comes in.

A nanny usually works inside their client’s household, helping with day to day tasks, caring for the children, and helping parents with other tasks. This job even requires someone to watch after a baby when a mom returns to work after maternity leave.

How to become a nanny: If you have experience with babysitting and have excellent references, you can apply for any nanny position you find. Becoming certified in CPR and having a drivers license can significantly increase your chances of landing the job.

7. Infant Massage Therapist

As an infant massage therapist, you will work with premature babies to promote better growth and development. A massage is known to decrease stress levels in babies and help them relax. This is a rewarding job for a gentle, compassionate individual.

How to become an infant massage therapist: You will be required to have a special certification in infant massage therapy. Some people work in a maternity or pediatric hospital, while others offer freelance services as an infant massage therapist.

Working with babies will leave you with a satisfactory feeling each day. Babies have a tendenancy to warm your heart. If you are on the search for a medical career, consider one of the above careers to help babies get the best start in life.


Heather Burdo

Heather is a freelance writer from New York. She has a passion for health and parenting. Heather has written for the Gluten-Free Living magazine, Mom.me, Project Eve Moms, and others.

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