Childcare Workers

General Information

Description

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Child Day Care Services
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Other Amusement and Recreation Industries

Job Outlook

Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Parents who work will continue to need the assistance of childcare workers. In addition, the demand for preschools and childcare facilities, and consequently childcare workers, should remain strong because early childhood education is widely recognized as important for a child’s intellectual and emotional development. However, the increasing cost of childcare and the growth in the number of stay-at-home parents may reduce demand for childcare workers.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$23,470

State-by-state Salary

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$29,810
$17,880
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 38%
  • Associate's degree 22%
  • Less than high school 14%
  • Some college 10%
  • Bachelor's degree 8%
  • Post-secondary certificate 5%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Psychology
  • Clerical
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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