Childcare Workers
SOC: 39-9011.00

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
1,260,600 employed

Projected (2024):
1,329,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Afterschool Counselor
  • Aide
  • Attendant
  • Au Pair
  • Baby Attendant
  • Baby Sitter
  • Babysitter
  • Before and After School Daycare Worker
  • Boarding Mother
  • Bus Escort
  • Bus Matron
  • Child Attendant
  • Child Care Aide
  • Child Care Assistant
  • Child Care Attendant
  • Child Care Development Specialist
  • Child Care Provider
  • Child Care Sitter
  • Child Care Supervisor
  • Child Care Teacher
  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Caregiver
  • Child Daycare Worker
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Child Monitor
  • Child's Nurse
  • Childcare Aide
  • Childcare Assistant
  • Childcare Attendant
  • Childcare Provider
  • Childcare Specialist
  • Childcare Worker
  • Children's Aide
  • Children's Attendant
  • Children's Institution Attendant
  • Children's Lunchroom Supervisor
  • Classroom Monitor
  • Day Care Aide
  • Day Care Assistant
  • Day Care Attendant
  • Day Care Home Mother
  • Day Care Home Provider
  • Day Care Supervisor
  • Day Care Worker
  • Daycare Aide
  • Daycare Assistant
  • Daycare Provider
  • Daycare Teacher
  • Family Day Care Provider
  • Governess
  • Hall Monitor
  • Home Child Care Provider
  • Infant and Toddler Teacher
  • Infant Childcare Provider
  • Infant Teacher
  • Instructional Aide
  • Lunchroom Aide
  • Lunchroom Attendant
  • Lunchroom Monitor
  • Lunchroom Mother
  • Mother Helper
  • Mother's Helper
  • Nanny
  • Nursemaid
  • Nursery Attendant
  • Nursery Day Care Worker
  • Nursery Helper
  • Nursery School Attendant
  • Nursery Supervisor
  • Parent Aide
  • Playground Aide
  • Playground Attendant
  • Playground Monitor
  • Playground Supervisor
  • Playroom Attendant
  • Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (Pre-K Teacher)
  • Preschool Aide
  • Preschool Assistant
  • Preschool Teacher
  • School Bus Aide
  • School Bus Attendant
  • School Bus Monitor
  • School Childcare Attendant
  • Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Toddler Teacher


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
  • Care for children in institutional setting, such as group homes, nursery schools, private businesses, or schools for the handicapped.
  • Sanitize toys and play equipment.
  • Discipline children and recommend or initiate other measures to control behavior, such as caring for own clothing and picking up toys and books.
  • Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parents' or guardians' attention.
  • Observe and monitor children's play activities.
  • Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
  • Instruct children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.
  • Read to children and teach them simple painting, drawing, handicrafts, and songs.
  • Organize and store toys and materials to ensure order in activity areas.
  • Operate in-house day-care centers within businesses.
  • Sterilize bottles and prepare formulas.
  • Dress children and change diapers.
  • Help children with homework and school work.
  • Perform housekeeping duties, such as laundry, cleaning, dish washing, and changing of linens.
  • Accompany children to and from school, on outings, and to medical appointments.
  • Place or hoist children into baths or pools.
  • Maintain a safe play environment.
  • Communicate with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
  • Assist in preparing food and serving meals and refreshments to children.
  • Create developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
  • Regulate children's rest periods.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as taking attendance, editing internal paperwork, and making phone calls.
  • Organize and participate in recreational activities and outings, such as games and field trips.
  • Provide care for mentally disturbed, delinquent, or handicapped children.
  • Perform general personnel functions, such as supervision, training, and scheduling.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Alarms
  • Baby bottles
  • Child car safety seats
  • Climbing structures
  • Desktop computers
  • Dryers
  • Educational toys
  • Emergency first aid kits
  • Fire extingushers
  • Kitchen stoves
  • Laptop computers
  • Medicine dosing syringes
  • Microwave ovens
  • Mobile telephones
  • Passenger cars
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Strollers
  • Toy block sets
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Washing machines
  • Water tables
  • Wet mops
  • Educational software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Scheduling software
  • Web browser software


  • personal care and service


    industry stats

    SOC: 39-0000

    Total Employed: 4,307,500

    Average Annual Salary: $25,650