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Child Care Workers


Child care workers are employed by day care centers, preschools, and other child-care facilities and work with infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. While parents and guardians are at work, child-care providers watch the children and help them develop skills through games and activities. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2015, there were approximately 573,440 child care workers, outside of preschool teachers and teacher-assistants in the United States. According to, the largest directory for child care services in the United States, there are currently about 116,541 licensed childcare centers and 132,227 home daycare providers in the country. 

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $50,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Child Care Service Owner

Experienced Child Care Worker

Entry-Level Child Care Worker