Sarah Burnett-Wolle, Ph.D.
Chair, Psychology/Child Life
221A White Hall

(315) 223-2576
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Career Opportunities

Careers in Child Life

Watch this segment on NBC's Today show about being a Child Life Specialist.  Watch >


Listen to this NPR story about Child Life specialists. Listen >

Working with childrenGraduates of the program, may find themselves working in a variety of settings, including:

Graduates from the child life specialist concentration

What's happening at UCare eligible to apply to sit for the Child Life certifying exam

What's happening at UCwork in hospitals or other health-related organizations

What's happening at UCare able to use their skill in a variety of community settings:

  • early intervention
  • home care
  • disease specific camps
  • hospice programs
  • victim advocates
  • private practice

Graduates from the child studies concentration may work in settings such as:
What's happening at UCday-care centers

What's happening at UCcommunity agencies

What's happening at UCfacilities serving children and adolescents experiencing emotional or behavioral problems.

Get ready!UC child life graduates enjoy a successful job placement rate. A local day-care director commented, "I'm impressed with the nurturing qualities these students possess. Their interest is focused on the development of the individual child, and they show great ability in setting goals for these children. When working with children in our settings, these traits are essential."

A child life supervisor at a major hospital commented, "The Utica College student interns have been a true asset to our program and have made valuable contributions to the psycho-social needs of our pediatric patients. We have consistently been impressed with their academic background, professionalism, and commitment to the emotional care of hospitalized children."

For more information about the child life program, contact Melodee Moltman at