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39-9011.00 - Childcare Workers

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

Sample of reported job titles: Before and After School Daycare Worker, Child Care Provider, Child Care Teacher, Child Care Worker, Child Caregiver, Childcare Worker, Infant and Toddler Teacher, Infant Teacher, Teacher Assistant, Toddler Teacher

Also see: Nannies

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Alarm systems — Alarms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automobiles or cars — Passenger cars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Balance or gross motor equipment — Climbing structures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Building blocks — Toy block sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Car seats — Child car safety seats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Carriages or perambulators or strollers — Strollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cognitive toys — Educational toys See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic clothes washers — Washing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic microwave ovens — Microwave ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic ranges — Kitchen stoves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic tumble dryers — Dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers — Fire extingushers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile phones — Mobile telephones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oral liquid medication syringes — Medicine dosing syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sand or water tables or activity centers — Water tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shot glass — Baby bottles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wet mops See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Calendar and scheduling software — Scheduling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer based training software — Educational software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean tools or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Arrange childcare or educational settings to ensure physical safety of children. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop educational or training programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organize recreational activities or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach daily living skills or behaviors. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain client information or service records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare foods or meals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Discuss child development and behavior with parents or guardians. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor health or behavior of people or animals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Care for patients with mental illnesses. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist individuals with special needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach health or hygiene practices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide counsel, comfort, or encouragement to individuals or families. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assign duties or work schedules to employees. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform human resources activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train service staff. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform housekeeping duties. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Arrange items for use or display. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform administrative or clerical tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop daily schedules for children or families. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Accompany individuals or groups to activities. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Work With Work Group or Team — 85% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 78% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 68% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 81% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 45% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 36% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 42% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 48% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 49% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 43% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 33% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 49% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 35% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 48% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 42% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 31% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related 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.
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.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
52   High school diploma or equivalent Help
13   Associate's degree
13   Bachelor's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: SA

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $9.48 hourly, $19,730 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 1,313,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 570,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Childcare Workers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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