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Benefits of a Career in Early Childhood Education

Posted On Feb 10, 2021

While a career in early childhood education likely won’t make you a millionaire, the rewards and fulfillment of working with children are invaluable. It’s the reason you hear so many educators refer to teaching as a calling and not just a job. In addition to high job satisfaction, earning a degree in early childhood education provides other numerous career benefits.Groups of smiling young students sitting on the floor in front of a teacher.

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The job growth rate for an early childhood educator is on par with the national average, making it a stable career choice. For those concerned about job security, there will always be a high demand for qualified teachers, making the job outlook for ECE careers promising.

Health and Retirement Benefits

Although a career in ECE may not pay as high as some jobs, the health and retirement benefits are definitely a bonus. Health insurance can be expensive, as is saving for retirement. If you’re looking to achieve greater security for retirement, then earning a degree in early childhood education is worth the investment. 

Additional Time Off

Those who work in the education field often get the added benefit of more time off than those who work in other industries. While this may not be the case for all who work in ECE careers, many educators get additional time off for summer break, many holidays, and often don’t have to work evening or weekend shifts. 

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Exciting Work Environment

Forget sitting in a cubicle for 9 hours a day. As an early childhood educator, you’ll work in a fun, colorful, and creative environment where make believe and magic still exist. If you’re a creative person, you will excel in an early childhood education career.

Greater Sense of Responsibility

One of the hidden perks of working in ECE is knowing that you’re responsible for taking care of some of the most important people: very young children. With that responsibility comes a sense of pride in knowing that you’re trusted to care for and educate kids in your community.

Happier Co-Workers

Early childhood educators get the privilege of working with young children, versus working primarily among adults. Children are happy, joyful, silly, and hilarious, while adults aren’t always so jovial. People who work with kids are often people who find the joys in everyday things, and keep cool under pressure. When you work with people like that it tends to rub off on you. 

Incorporate Healthier Habits

Since students will be on a schedule when it comes to meals, snacks, and exercise, this means early childhood educators often must follow the same rules and habits. Careers in ECE allow for more moving about the room than those who are confined to sitting at a desk. Working with children allows you to lead by example, and in teaching others to be healthy and active you will be too.

First to Make an Impact

Another benefit to working in early childhood education is you are one of the first formal educators in a child’s life. You get the honor of being witness to many of the firsts in a student’s life, such as academic, social, and developmental accomplishments.

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What’s Important to You?

If you’re looking for a career outside of the ordinary, then earning a degree in early childhood education is the perfect fit. Create your own list of benefits with a career you can be proud of. To get started soon, contact Athena Career Academy. It won’t always be easy, but the most rewarding work never is. 

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