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39-9011.01 - Nannies

Care for children in private households and provide support and expertise to parents in satisfying children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs. Duties may include meal planning and preparation, laundry and clothing care, organization of play activities and outings, discipline, intellectual stimulation, language activities, and transportation.

Sample of reported job titles: Nanny, Nanny/Household Manager

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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

  • Perform first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when required. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct children in safe behavior, such as seeking adult assistance when crossing the street and avoiding contact or play with unsafe objects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Model appropriate social behaviors and encourage concern for others to cultivate development of interpersonal relationships and communication skills. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe children's behavior for irregularities, take temperature, transport children to doctor, or administer medications, as directed, to maintain children's health. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Teach and perform age-appropriate activities, such as lap play, reading, and arts and crafts to encourage intellectual development of children. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assign appropriate chores and praise targeted behaviors to encourage development of self-control, self-confidence, and responsibility. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Help prepare and serve nutritionally balanced meals and snacks for children. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct and assist children in the development of health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet behavior. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove hazards and develop appropriate boundaries and rules to create a safe environment for children. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Work with parents to develop and implement discipline programs to promote desirable child behavior. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Organize and conduct age-appropriate recreational activities, such as games, arts and crafts, sports, walks, and play dates. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Meet regularly with parents to discuss children's activities and development. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport children to schools, social outings, and medical appointments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Regulate children's rest periods and nap schedules. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Help develop or monitor family schedule. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise and assist with homework. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Keep records of play, meal schedules, and bill payment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform housekeeping and cleaning duties related to children's care. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Alarm systems — Security alarm systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automobiles or cars — Passenger cars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Car seats — Child car safety seats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic clothes washers — Washing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic clothing irons — Irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic dish washers — Domestic dishwashers 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.
  • Electronic medical thermometers — Digital medical thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits 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.
  • Shot glass — Baby bottles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum cleaners 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. 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.
  • 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.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences. 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.
  • 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.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • 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.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. 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.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. 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.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. 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.
  • 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.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer first aid. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organize recreational activities or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments. 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.
  • Drive vehicles to transport patrons. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach health or hygiene practices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide escort or transportation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform housekeeping duties. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor environment to ensure safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop daily schedules for children or families. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 92% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 78% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 74% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 41% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 56% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 48% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 33% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 50% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 41% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 30% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 37% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 52% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 30% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 33% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 30% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 22% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 48% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
48   High school diploma or equivalent Help
30   Post-secondary certificate Help
15   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: SAE

  • 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.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Childcare Workers.
Employment data collected from Childcare Workers.
Industry data collected from Childcare Workers.

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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