Child Care Workers

Child Care Worker and Children

Child care workers are employed by day care centers, preschools, and other child-care facilities and work with infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. While parents and guardians are at work, child-care providers watch the children and help them develop skills through games and activities. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2015, there were approximately 573,440 child care workers, outside of preschool teachers and teacher-assistants in the United States. According to, the largest directory for child care services in the United States, there are currently about 116,541 licensed childcare centers and 132,227 home daycare providers in the country. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Care for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Health
Experience Prior experience caring for children highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Child Care Service Owner
  • Experienced Child Care Worker
  • Entry-Level Child Care Worker

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