Childcare Workers

What Childcare Workers Do

Childcare workers attend to children’s needs while helping to foster early development.

Work Environment

Childcare workers typically work in childcare centers, their own home, or private households. Part-time work and irregular hours are common.

How to Become a Childcare Worker

Education and training requirements for childcare workers vary by setting, state, and employer. They range from no formal education to certification in early childhood education.


The median hourly wage for childcare workers was $12.24 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations. Most of the openings projected each year are expected to come from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation permanently.

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