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Childcare Workers

Childcare Workers
Quick Facts : Childcare Workers*
2010 Median Pay$19,300
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,282,300
Job Outlook20% (Faster than average)
Employment Change262,000

Childcare workers care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. They care for children?s basic needs, such as bathing and feeding. Some often help children prepare for kindergarten, and many help older children with homework.

What Childcare Workers Do

  • Supervise and monitor the safety of children in their care
  • Prepare meals and organize mealtimes and snacks for children
  • Organize activities so that children can learn about the world and explore interests
  • Develop schedules and routines to ensure that children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
  • Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring the problems to the attention of parents

Work Environment

Childcare workers care for children in childcare centers, their own home, or the homes of the children in their care. Many work full time, but part-time work and irregular hours are common.
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Job Outlook

Employment of childcare workers is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, as parents will continue to need assistance during working hours to care for their children.
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The average hourly wage in May 2010 of childcare workers was $9.28.
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Becoming a Childcare Workers

Childcare workers must meet education and training requirements, which vary with state regulations. Some states require these workers to have a high school diploma, but many states do not have any education requirements.
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