Child Care Workers

Employment of child care workers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Parents will increasingly need assistance during working hours to care for their children. Because the number of children requiring child care is expected to grow, demand for child care workers is expected to grow as well. In addition, job opportunities will be good because there is high turnover in this field, resulting in the need for many replacement workers. One reason for this turnover rate is the low pay; in order to keep quality employees, center owners may have to charge clients more so that they may better compensate staff members. There will be more franchises and national chains offering job opportunities to child care workers, as well as centers that cater exclusively to corporate employees. Child care workers may be working with older children as more day care centers expand to include elementary school services. Bilingual child care workers will find more job opportunities and better salaries.  



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