Childcare workers attend to the basic needs of children, such as dressing, feeding, and overseeing play.
Childcare workers’ education requirements vary. Some states require these workers to have a high school diploma or equivalent, but others do not have any education requirements for entry-level positions. Employers often prefer to hire workers who have at least a high school diploma. However, workers with postsecondary education or an early childhood education credential may qualify for higher level positions.
Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations. Parents or guardians who work will continue to need the assistance of childcare workers.
Childcare workers typically work in childcare centers, their own home, or private households. Part-time work and irregular hours are common.