I am new here and have searched the forums for an answer to my question, but haven't found exactly what I am looking for. I am interested in changing careers and going through one of the pathways to become an IBCLC. I do not have a nursing background nor do I think I would do well in nursing school. I have looked at the qualifications for jobs in LC and see that quite a few require you to be an RN. I was accepted to Union Institute and University's online program for a master's in health with an emphasis in LC. My question is this - this is an expensive program that I will put 110% into, but I don't want to invest the time or money if I am not going to be able to get a job when I get finished (and hopfully pass the IBCLE).
Can anyone speak to their experiences at Union or does anyone know what the trend is currently in lactation jobs? Is it trending more toward having a nursing background or are employers seeing the IBCLC designation as enough?
From what I've seen there's quite a few where IBCLC is not even necessary, let alone being a nurse. You can also practice independently, I think. I have known some private practice Lactation Consultants but I can't be sure they weren't IBCLC or RNs...I just don't remember.
Also, from what I've seen a lot of the jobs with those qualifications don't necessarily turn you away if you don't have exactly everything, because from what I've seen there's usually more jobs and not as many lactation consultants.