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Child Care Workers

Child care workers take care of and teach children that have not yet enrolled in kindergarten. They also oversee older children before and after school. Child care workers may have a significant role in the development of the children they oversee. Under a director's supervision child care aides attend to the safety, health and nutrition of infants and children. They also look for signs of developmental or emotional problems with the children they oversee.

Some of the sample job titles are instructional aide, child care aide, nursery aide, nannies, child caregiver, child care provider, childcare specialist, preschool aide and daycare aide.

Child care workers help to develop a child's curiosity, speech, social abilities, self-esteem and physical skills with play activities, experimentation and by answering questions. They help children develop via small groups and one-on-one assistance. Childcare specialists also have an important role in preparing children for school. Many child care aides suggest techniques to parents for stimulating their child's learning at home.

The three major job groups for the occupation are family child care providers, who take care of children in the providers' homes; private household workers who oversee children in the children's homes and child care workers that are employed at child day care centers such as Early Head Start, Head Start, and full-day and part-day preschool.

Responsibilities

  • Support children's social and emotional development
  • Make sure children are properly behaving
  • Ensure children are safe
  • Arrange for play activities
  • Sanitize play equipment and toys
  • Change diapers of infants and toddlers
  • Help prepare and serve meals
  • Ensure that school age children complete their homework
  • Ensure that supplies are ready for activities
  • Discipline children if necessary

Job Characteristics

Many workers at day care centers find taking care of children and watching them develop and learn new skills to be very rewarding. The job, at times, can be emotionally and physically tiring. Day care center workers experience a higher than average number of work-related illnesses or injuries.

A child care worker needs to be skilled at dealing with disruptive children. They should also be enthusiastic while on the job. Child care specialists also need to be effective at communicating with children. Child care workers need to be patient, understanding and mature. Physical stamina is also important for the occupation.

Childcare workers may work in their own homes, the children's homes or at various types of day care centers. Child day care centers are typically open all year long and are open before and after the typical work hours of parents. Some day care centers employ part-time and full-time childcare workers. Public and private preschool programs typically are open during the basic school year and employ full-time and part-time employees.

Employment Outlook

Between 2008 and 2018 employment of child care workers is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to increase by 11 percent which is about as fast as average for all occupations. High replacement needs may provide good job opportunities for child care workers.

In 2008, approximately 33 percent of child care workers were self-employed and the majority of them were family child care providers. About 19 percent were employed by child day care services.

The wages depend on the type of day care setting and the educational background of the child care worker. In 2008, the average hourly wage for child care workers was $9.12. The highest paid 10 percent earned more than $13.98 per hour.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Every state has its own licensing requirements that regulates caregiver training. The requirements range from less than a high school diploma to requiring a national Child Development Associate credential, to requiring community college classes or a college degree in early childhood education or child development. The states usually have higher requirements for people working at child care centers than for family child care providers. Those that take care of just a few children in private settings are often not regulated by the states.

Usually childcare workers that have less than a high school diploma can acquire some type of child care work. Some employers seek applicants that completed secondary or postsecondary child development and early childhood education classes.

Some employers look for candidates that have acquired a nationally recognized Child Development Associate credential or the Child Care Professional designation. These credentials require child care experience and coursework such as college classes and employer provided seminars. An increasing number of employers are seeking candidates that have earned an associate degree in early childhood education.

In many states, child care centers, including those operated in private homes that take care of more than just a few children are required to be licensed. In order to acquire a license, childcare centers may require their child care workers to receive immunizations, meet minimum training requirements and pass a background check.

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Major Employers

The major employers are day care centers, elementary schools, preschools, non-profit organizations, families and company provided daycare centers.

Schools for Child Care Workers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Child Care Workers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Child Care Workers jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 2300 $18,360
Hoover 2300 $18,360
Montgomery 1060 $18,080
Huntsville 860 $18,130
Mobile 860 $18,380
Tuscaloosa 490 $19,280
Opelika 470 $18,620
Auburn 470 $18,620
Daphne 250 $18,480
Foley 250 $18,480
Fairhope 250 $18,480
Florence 230 $17,920
Muscle Shoals 230 $17,920
Gadsden 220 $17,890
Decatur 200 $17,770
Anniston 140 $18,100
Oxford 140 $18,100
Jacksonville 140 $18,100
Dothan N/A $18,340
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 1960 $25,250
Fairbanks 130 $32,840
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 6320 $21,830
Phoenix 6320 $21,830
Scottsdale 6320 $21,830
Tucson 870 $19,280
Yuma 240 $19,160
Douglas 140 $18,900
Sierra Vista 140 $18,900
Kingman 130 $18,700
Lake Havasu City 130 $18,700
Flagstaff 90 $19,970
Prescott 80 $19,710
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 2130 $19,460
North Little Rock 2130 $19,460
Little Rock 2130 $19,460
Jonesboro 240 $19,100
Pine Bluff 120 $18,540
Hot Springs N/A $18,480
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 20350 $24,920
Long Beach 20350 $24,920
Los Angeles 20350 $24,920
Oakland 7460 $30,140
Hayward 7460 $30,140
San Francisco 7460 $30,140
Carlsbad 5530 $25,450
San Diego 5530 $25,450
Ontario 5220 $24,520
Riverside 5220 $24,520
San Bernardino 5220 $24,520
Sacramento 3270 $24,310
Arden 3270 $24,310
Roseville 3270 $24,310
Arcade 3270 $24,310
Santa Clara 2790 $28,630
San Jose 2790 $28,630
Sunnyvale 2790 $28,630
Thousand Oaks 1730 $24,330
Ventura 1730 $24,330
Oxnard 1730 $24,330
Fresno 1530 $24,220
Lodi 1410 $27,220
Stockton 1410 $27,220
Bakersfield 1150 $23,580
Chico 840 $21,470
Santa Barbara 820 $23,760
Santa Maria 820 $23,760
Santa Rosa 790 $28,680
Modesto 760 $24,620
Porterville 500 $23,960
Visalia 500 $23,960
Fairfield 450 $26,460
Vallejo 450 $26,460
Salinas 430 $24,700
El Centro 360 $20,960
Arroyo Grande 350 $23,830
Paso Robles 350 $23,830
San Luis Obispo 350 $23,830
Redding 350 $24,890
Santa Cruz 320 $24,360
Watsonville 320 $24,360
Yuba City 270 $23,210
Merced 190 $27,070
Madera 160 $24,180
Corcoran 150 $23,070
Hanford 150 $23,070
Napa N/A $24,590
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 5350 $26,550
Denver 5350 $26,550
Lakewood 5350 $26,550
Boulder 760 $27,650
Colorado Springs 500 $21,840
Fort Collins 400 $19,980
Greeley 190 $21,520
Grand Junction 160 $19,620
Pueblo 150 $19,920
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bridgeport 2830 $23,550
Norwalk 2830 $23,550
Stamford 2830 $23,550
East Hartford 2120 $22,810
West Hartford 2120 $22,810
Hartford 2120 $22,810
New Haven 1490 $23,950
Waterbury 530 $23,720
Danbury 340 $24,010
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 300 $26,370
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 12370 $19,820
West Palm Beach 12370 $19,820
Miami 12370 $19,820
Tampa 6010 $19,840
Clearwater 6010 $19,840
St. Petersburg 6010 $19,840
Orlando 3980 $20,610
Sanford 3980 $20,610
Kissimmee 3980 $20,610
Jacksonville 2820 $21,160
Cape Coral 1440 $21,800
Fort Myers 1440 $21,800
Sarasota 1020 $22,070
North Port 1020 $22,070
Bradenton 1020 $22,070
Melbourne 990 $21,140
Palm Bay 990 $21,140
Titusville 990 $21,140
Deltona 880 $20,820
Ormond Beach 880 $20,820
Daytona Beach 880 $20,820
Winter Haven 850 $18,830
Lakeland 850 $18,830
Ferry Pass 740 $18,960
Brent 740 $18,960
Pensacola 740 $18,960
Port St. Lucie 610 $20,740
Tallahassee 560 $20,570
Fort Walton Beach 530 $19,470
Destin 530 $19,470
Crestview 530 $19,470
Immokalee 500 $23,240
Marco Island 500 $23,240
Naples 500 $23,240
Ocala 330 $20,850
Gainesville 240 $19,950
Panama City 220 $20,490
Sebring 210 $21,380
Punta Gorda 110 $21,840
Vero Beach 100 $23,300
Sebastian 100 $23,300
The Villages N/A $18,730
Homosassa Springs N/A $19,000
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 13050 $19,770
Atlanta 13050 $19,770
Roswell 13050 $19,770
Savannah 680 $18,520
Athens 510 $18,870
Clarke County 510 $18,870
Warner Robins 370 $18,380
Valdosta 280 $18,120
Macon 220 $18,680
Gainesville 200 $18,260
Dalton 160 $21,150
Brunswick 150 $18,760
Hinesville 110 $18,080
Rome 70 $18,420
Albany N/A $18,390
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 1990 $19,570
Lahaina 220 $19,210
Wailuku 220 $19,210
Kahului 220 $19,210
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 680 $18,330
Idaho Falls 250 $17,750
Pocatello 200 $17,770
Coeur d'Alene N/A $19,440
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 730 $20,980
Urbana 470 $21,680
Champaign 470 $21,680
Bloomington 460 $20,190
Springfield 340 $21,070
Kankakee 210 $22,180
Rockford 200 $19,780
Marion 180 $19,510
Carbondale 180 $19,510
Decatur 150 $21,760
Danville 80 $20,200
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 3760 $21,260
Carmel 3760 $21,260
Indianapolis 3760 $21,260
Muncie 580 $19,040
Fort Wayne 370 $20,510
Terre Haute 250 $18,150
Bloomington 230 $18,110
Columbus 140 N/A
Goshen 130 $19,900
Elkhart 130 $19,900
La Porte 120 $18,480
Michigan City 120 $18,480
Kokomo 110 $20,960
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 1810 $23,470
Des Moines 1810 $23,470
Iowa City 780 $21,610
Cedar Rapids 770 $21,750
Cedar Falls 540 $18,760
Waterloo 540 $18,760
Ames 380 $19,480
Dubuque 360 $18,150
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lawrence 410 $19,070
Topeka 320 $18,380
Manhattan 140 $17,640
Wichita N/A $20,020
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 2030 $19,310
Fayette 2030 $19,310
Bowling Green 430 $18,620
Fort Knox 400 $18,600
Elizabethtown 400 $18,600
Owensboro 390 $20,030
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 2090 $18,640
Metairie 2090 $18,640
Baton Rouge 1940 $18,300
Lafayette 1230 $19,310
Bossier City 500 $18,300
Shreveport 500 $18,300
Hammond 420 $18,860
Thibodaux 290 $18,180
Houma 290 $18,180
Alexandria 290 $18,240
Lake Charles 290 $18,450
Monroe 220 $19,090
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 1180 $22,780
South Portland 1180 $22,780
Bangor 290 $20,210
Auburn 190 $21,590
Lewiston 190 $21,590
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 4380 $21,100
Towson 4380 $21,100
Columbia 4380 $21,100
Lexington Park 80 $20,990
California 80 $20,990
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Leominster 320 $27,020
Gardner 320 $27,020
Barnstable Town 230 $23,340
New Bedford 140 $20,960
Pittsfield N/A $23,260
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 7050 $20,540
Detroit 7050 $20,540
Warren 7050 $20,540
Grand Rapids 1940 $21,810
Wyoming 1940 $21,810
Flint 1020 $19,940
Lansing 990 $19,620
East Lansing 990 $19,620
Portage 700 $19,260
Kalamazoo 700 $19,260
Ann Arbor 670 $21,440
Midland 310 $19,550
Battle Creek 290 $19,610
Muskegon 230 $21,790
Niles 220 $22,600
Benton Harbor 220 $22,600
Monroe 160 $19,640
Jackson 150 $19,750
Bay City 140 $18,820
Saginaw N/A $19,740
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 590 $20,610
North Mankato 170 $19,580
Mankato 170 $19,580
St. Cloud 140 $22,440
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 2050 $18,700
Pascagoula 390 $19,540
Biloxi 390 $19,540
Gulfport 390 $19,540
Hattiesburg 310 $18,320
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 1020 $18,590
Jefferson City 590 $19,360
Columbia 430 $20,140
Joplin 400 $18,860
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 590 $19,840
Missoula 430 $18,770
Great Falls 270 $22,100
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 1550 $20,470
Grand Island 210 $19,430
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 2090 $20,220
Henderson 2090 $20,220
Las Vegas 2090 $20,220
Reno 720 $24,280
Carson City 100 $19,330
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester N/A $20,710
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 960 $22,480
Atlantic City 260 $21,930
Hammonton 260 $21,930
Ocean City 100 $25,690
Bridgeton N/A $21,410
Vineland N/A $21,410
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 1260 $19,640
Las Cruces 480 $19,000
Farmington 170 $19,160
Santa Fe N/A $26,750
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Troy 2520 $22,210
Schenectady 2520 $22,210
Albany 2520 $22,210
Rochester 2110 $20,980
Niagara Falls 1830 $20,280
Cheektowaga 1830 $20,280
Buffalo 1830 $20,280
Syracuse 1190 $22,710
Binghamton 610 $20,330
Rome 580 $22,330
Utica 580 $22,330
Ithaca 440 $22,580
Fort Drum 180 $22,270
Watertown 180 $22,270
Kingston 180 $23,200
Glens Falls N/A $20,400
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 2760 $19,560
High Point 1900 $18,800
Greensboro 1900 $18,800
Winston 1760 $19,170
Salem 1760 $19,170
Durham 1180 $22,140
Chapel Hill 1180 $22,140
Fayetteville 800 $18,840
Asheville 710 $23,720
Wilmington 640 $20,900
Morganton 580 $19,120
Lenoir 580 $19,120
Hickory 580 $19,120
Rocky Mount 370 $18,350
Jacksonville 330 $18,590
Greenville 300 $21,730
Burlington 270 $18,780
New Bern 260 $19,990
Goldsboro N/A $18,300
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 670 $21,900
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 4730 $20,490
Elyria 4380 $19,930
Cleveland 4380 $19,930
Dayton 1340 $20,530
Toledo 1130 $21,160
Akron 1100 $19,690
Massillon 670 $19,070
Canton 670 $19,070
Lima 230 $20,270
Mansfield 140 $19,120
Springfield 130 $23,250
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 3750 $18,600
Tulsa 1550 $19,010
Lawton 260 $18,290
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 560 $21,650
Eugene 500 $21,910
Redmond 200 $23,150
Bend 200 $23,150
Medford 190 $23,510
Albany 170 $22,140
Corvallis 110 $20,480
Grants Pass N/A $22,180
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 3490 $20,280
Carlisle 1320 $19,910
Harrisburg 1320 $19,910
Lancaster 820 $20,640
Scranton 800 $19,030
Wilkes 800 $19,030
Barre 800 $19,030
Hazleton 800 $19,030
Erie 660 $18,500
York 500 $18,860
Hanover 500 $18,860
Reading 340 $18,650
Johnstown 330 $17,730
Williamsport 270 $19,120
Lebanon 230 $19,890
State College 210 $19,490
Altoona 170 $18,090
East Stroudsburg 130 $17,960
Chambersburg 70 $18,380
Waynesboro 70 $18,380
Gettysburg 40 $19,730
Bloomsburg N/A $19,910
Berwick N/A $19,910
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
San Juan 940 $17,910
Carolina 940 $17,910
Caguas 940 $17,910
Isabela 110 $17,840
Aguadilla 110 $17,840
Ponce 80 $17,650
San German 70 $17,820
Mayag�ez 60 $17,650
Arecibo 40 $17,550
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 1210 $18,790
North Charleston 1210 $18,790
Greenville 1160 $18,110
Mauldin 1160 $18,110
Anderson 1160 $18,110
Columbia 1110 $18,150
Beaufort 300 $18,210
Bluffton 300 $18,210
Hilton Head Island 300 $18,210
Florence 220 $18,260
Sumter 200 $18,080
Spartanburg N/A $18,750
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 1210 $19,850
Rapid City 340 $19,450
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 3320 $21,420
Franklin 3320 $21,420
Davidson 3320 $21,420
Nashville 3320 $21,420
Knoxville 1270 $18,200
Johnson City 300 $18,690
Jackson 270 $18,620
Cleveland N/A $17,980
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 16130 $19,170
Fort Worth 16130 $19,170
Arlington 16130 $19,170
The Woodlands 12890 $19,270
Sugar Land 12890 $19,270
Houston 12890 $19,270
Round Rock 6150 $22,850
Austin 6150 $22,850
New Braunfels 4900 $20,290
San Antonio 4900 $20,290
Brownsville 1400 $18,620
Harlingen 1400 $18,620
El Paso 1220 $18,370
Mission 1110 $18,730
Edinburg 1110 $18,730
McAllen 1110 $18,730
Corpus Christi 1070 $19,060
Lubbock 840 $18,950
Killeen 790 $18,060
Temple 790 $18,060
Port Arthur 630 $18,280
Beaumont 630 $18,280
Bryan 570 $18,800
College Station 570 $18,800
Laredo 550 $18,080
Waco 550 $18,260
Tyler 510 $18,350
Amarillo 500 $18,870
Abilene 420 $18,550
Midland 400 $22,890
Longview 370 $17,940
Wichita Falls 310 $17,830
San Angelo 310 $18,400
Odessa 290 $21,410
Victoria 240 $17,960
Denison 160 $18,120
Sherman 160 $18,120
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 3130 $21,490
Clearfield 1270 $18,070
Ogden 1270 $18,070
Orem 640 $20,000
Provo 640 $20,000
St. George 250 $19,390
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 510 $24,750
Burlington 510 $24,750
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 2550 $18,820
Charlottesville 550 $22,150
Roanoke 500 $18,240
Lynchburg 480 $18,380
Waynesboro 240 $18,770
Staunton 240 $18,770
Radford 230 $18,960
Blacksburg 230 $18,960
Christiansburg 230 $18,960
Harrisonburg 220 $18,540
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 4960 $25,010
Seattle 4960 $25,010
Bellevue 4960 $25,010
Spokane 630 $23,260
Spokane Valley 630 $23,260
Bellingham 430 $23,330
Tumwater 280 $22,660
Olympia 280 $22,660
Yakima 230 $22,980
Walla Walla 160 $30,260
Silverdale 120 $23,190
Bremerton 120 $23,190
Mount Vernon 120 $23,210
Anacortes 120 $23,210
Longview 40 $26,660
Kennewick N/A $22,660
Richland N/A $22,660
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 290 $21,350
Morgantown 260 $19,170
Beckley 210 $19,210
Vienna 190 $19,320
Parkersburg 190 $19,320
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 2460 $21,510
Waukesha 2460 $21,510
Milwaukee 2460 $21,510
Madison 860 $21,830
Eau Claire 370 $21,080
Green Bay 370 $21,190
Appleton 290 $20,560
Wausau 240 $19,160
Neenah 200 $17,870
Oshkosh 200 $17,870
Racine 140 $19,580
Sheboygan N/A $18,330
Beloit N/A $19,790
Janesville N/A $19,790
Fond du Lac N/A $21,400
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Casper 300 $22,730
Cheyenne 270 $18,270

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Social Service 261,110 44% $17,660
Education 147,700 25% $21,930
Nursing And Residential Care 51,020 8% $22,180
Non-profit 43,760 7% $18,070
Amusement Gambling And Recreation 33,700 5% $17,490
Government 17,010 2% $20,250
Passenger Transportation 12,780 2% $19,920
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  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.

We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Child Care Workers.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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