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 597,900 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.

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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
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 Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
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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