Child Care Workers

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. Today there are approximately 624,500 child care workers, outside of preschool teachers and teacher-assistants in the United States. According to the National Child Care Association, there are currently about 113,000  licensed child care centers in the United States.


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

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