Top 11 Career Choices for Moms Going Back to School

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Are you a mom thinking about going back to school? Way to go! We want to help you, so we’ve taken a moment to put together a list of the best jobs for moms returning to complete their degrees. This is by no means a complete list, but they are some great options to start with.

Do you want to work part-time, full-time, in the office or at home? Maybe you would like to return to a career field you enjoyed before having kids or step into a whole new field. Take a look at your interests, passions and skills and see which of these options jumps out at you.

We want to help you find the most meaningful and fulfilling fit. We’re cheering for you!

1. Teacher

Do you love kids and enjoy explaining things? If you’re creative, energetic and organized you could work as a teacher and have the same hours as your kids. Work as a Teacher’s Assistant or a Paraprofessional while you’re getting a degree for great experience! If you like helping people, you might want to look into school counseling too.

2. Nurse

Do you love people, science and medicine? School will be challenging, but this fantastic career could be just for you! Get certified as a CNA and work while you go to school.

3. Medical Assistant

If you’re interested in the medical field, but aren’t interested in years of school, this could be a great option for you. Perform routine tasks like measuring patient’s vital signs, recording information, administering medications and vaccines to support the physician.

4. Doula or Sonogram Technician

If you love babies and want to take care of expectant mamas, you could complete a training to become a doula. Your hours would be a bit of a surprise as babies arrive when they want to, but you’ll get to support new moms during childbirth and postpartum. Or maybe a sonogram technician is more your style. Give ultrasounds to expectant moms and work your schedule around the kids.

5. Dental Hygienist

You’ll need to complete a certification training program, but then you’re all set for this personable, well-paying and often flexible career.

6. Fitness Trainer

Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, personal training and more! If health and fitness is your thing, you could become a certified trainer or instructor. If you’re more interested in getting a certification than a full degree, this could be a good option for you.

7. Web Designer

If you love art and computers, this is a great field to jump into. Look for a degree program in graphic design and work as a salaried employee or work from home as a freelancer.

8. Nutritionist

Become a food and nutrition expert with a bachelor’s degree, a practice program and a national exam. This career has many options from working as a one-on-one coach to working with sports teams, hospitals, universities and other public health sectors.

9. Counseling

Do you love to help people? Do you find that people come to you to talk, process and get your advice on a regular basis? Counseling could be the right field for you. It’s a challenging field, so make sure you have the support you need.

10. Public Relations Consultant

If you love communication and strategy, this could be a great fit for you. It can be a busy and rigorous career, but there are now many options for working from home to build clients successful campaigns.

11. Market Research Analyst

Maybe business and details is more your thing, look into this career. Many contractors are able to work from home, which is a bonus.

Did we miss some mom-friendly jobs? Let us know!


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Esther Laurie is a staff writer at Her background is in communication and church ministry. She believes in the power of the written word and the beauty of transformation and empowering others. When she’s not working, she loves running, exploring new places and time with friends and family. It’s her goal to work the word ‘whimsy’ into most conversations.