Careers Involving Child Care
Child care is a booming industry as the rate of dual-earning families continues to grow. Because of the demand, many institutions are providing care, leading to a variety of career possibilities for aspiring child care workers. Here are some of the employment options available in the child care industry.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2016)||Job Outlook (2014-2024)*|
|Child Care Center Director||$45,790*||7%|
|Nanny||$24,512**||5% (for all childcare workers)|
|Family Child Care Provider||$21,170* (for all childcare workers)||5% (for all childcare workers)|
|Camp Counselor||$23,870* (for all recreation workers)||10% (for all recreation workers)|
|School Monitor||$30,860** (for hall monitors)||8% (for all education workers)|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale.com
Career Information for People Working in Child Care
Child Care Center Director
Child care centers have director positions for those experienced in the field. They oversee the entire child care program of the institution. Responsibilities may include budgeting, managing, and hiring employees. Their job may still involve some direct work with children, like helping staff members solve conflicts. A bachelor's degree and experience in the industry are typical requirements. In some cases, state-issued credentials may be necessary as well.
Nannies care for their employer's children. Some nannies live at the home of their employer, while other nannies are present during the day and return to their own home for the evening. In addition to child care, nannies may be expected to cook meals and perform household chores. Requirements for becoming a nanny are at the discretion of the hiring family. A high school diploma or equivalent can be sufficient.
Family Child Care Provider
Some child care providers take care of children from multiple families inside of their own home. This often takes place while caring for their own children. There are usually governmental regulations that must be followed for family child care providers. There is no formal education necessary to become a family child care provider, though some families may prefer to send their children to providers with education or experience.
Pre-school teachers can find employment at a variety of places, including child care centers, schools, and community centers. These positions are frequently full-time and involve providing child care for students during the day while teaching them the basics, like numbers, shapes and colors, as well as early reading. The education requirements for pre-school teachers vary widely depending on the setting. Bachelor's degrees in education are preferred for public school positions, but associate's degrees and high school diplomas can be acceptable for those with experience.
Camp counselors provide care for children in a camp setting. Some children attend camps for an entire summer, while some attend for a shorter period of time. Some jobs involve living at the camp, but there are others that take place only during the day and allow counselors to return home in the evening. To become a camp counselor, a high school diploma or equivalent is necessary. Experience in education or working with children is preferred.
Schools hire monitors for a variety of reasons. There are monitors who look over certain parts of the schools, such as hallways, corridors, or cafeterias. There are also monitors who supervise students who are under in-school suspension. Monitors may need to keep students on task or mitigate undesirable behavior. The requirements for becoming a school monitor vary by state and by institution and may include obtaining a student monitor permit, passing a background check, earning relevant certification and/or having experience working with children.