Youth Services Specialist

Occupation Information table
Overview: A Youth Services Specialist is a professional member of a child care team in a hospital or in a community outpatient service agency. They alleviate children's stress and anxiety associated with hospitalization and other health-care situations.
Duties: They use play and recreational art therapy, and interpersonal communication to minimize the stress a child experiences while confined to a hospital or other traumatic health situations.

They act as a child's advocate by communicating to the health care professionals the child's fears of tests, treatments, instruments, etc. Their goal is to comfort the child.

They act as a spokesperson and liason for the hospitalized child's family by communicating family concerns to the medical team. They also explain the child's medical status to the family.

They advise members of the child-care team the type of behaviors, communication style and diet that will help ease the child's trauma during medical tests, treatments and examinations.

Degree(s): A.A./B.A. QCC/QC Dual/Joint Liberal Arts & Sciences and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2018 to 2028, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $29,000 to $35,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: There are many educational routes available...a bachelor's degree in child life, or a bachelor's in either recreation therapy, education, child development, psychology or art therapy, plus completion of a child-life field practicum offered by hospitals and clinics. With an associate degree plus field practicum training, you can qualify as an entry level assistant. A master's degree will prepare you for advancement to an administrator's position. A limited number of colleges/universities offer formal degree programs in this field.
Recommended Skills:
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.