Some good paying careers in child development include in-home childcare center administration or management, daycare director and preschool or nursery center director. As of 2014-2015, the average salaries for these careers are $45,260, $39,200 and $42,960, respectively. Preschool and nursery center directors might start at $27,210 with the possibility of increasing their salary up to $85,110, depending on advanced degree training, states Early Childhood Education Degrees.
Careers in child development generally require certification as a Child Development Associate (CDA) in addition to a high school diploma, according to Study.com. Eligibility requirements for CDA certification include that candidates be at least 18 years old with at least 480 hours experience of working with children over the last 5 years, 120 hours of which must be in formal childhood education. Some employers expect applicants to possess an associate's or bachelor's degree in early childhood education. The positions of daycare director for preschool programs and preschool and nursery center directors, for example, both require applicants to possess bachelor's degrees in this field. Certification in CPR and first aid may also be required for some positions.
Well-paid positions in child development for applicants with master's degrees include Grant Writer for Foundation (with a salary starting at $42,810) and Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (with a typical salary of $77,000 and the potential to earn up to $95,000).