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Child Care Workers

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and child care institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.   (O'Net 39-9011.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Afterschool Counselor, Aide, Attendant, Au Pair, Baby Attendant, Baby Sitter   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Child Care Workers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2012
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 8.90   $ 9.51   $ 10.78   $ 12.48   $ 14.11   $ 11.17  
    Yearly $ 18,500   $ 19,770   $ 22,410   $ 25,960   $ 29,340   $ 23,230  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 8.95   $ 9.62   $ 10.85   $ 12.49   $ 14.05   $ 11.22  
    Yearly $ 18,610   $ 20,020   $ 22,570   $ 25,990   $ 29,220   $ 23,340  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 8.87   $ 9.43   $ 10.71   $ 12.49   $ 14.10   $ 11.10  
    Yearly $ 18,440   $ 19,610   $ 22,280   $ 25,990   $ 29,320   $ 23,090  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 8.79   $ 9.28   $ 10.49   $ 12.35   $ 14.63   $ 11.08  
    Yearly $ 18,280   $ 19,300   $ 21,830   $ 25,680   $ 30,440   $ 23,050  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released May 2013.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2010 2020
    Vermont 3,354 3,894 1.5% 160
    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 1,730 2,022 1.6% 83
    Southern Vermont Balance of State 1,245 1,469 1.7% 61
    Northern Vermont Balance of State 504 596 1.7% 25
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released August 2012, area estimates released April 2013.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Vermont
    2010
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Total Self-Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, Primary Job 1,692 51%
    Social Assistance 797 24%
    Educational Services 235 8%
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August 2012.
     


    Tasks
    for Child Care Workers
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  • Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
     
  • Care for children in institutional setting, such as group homes, nursery schools, private businesses, or schools for the handicapped.
     
  • Sanitize toys and play equipment.
     
  • Discipline children and recommend or initiate other measures to control behavior, such as caring for own clothing and picking up toys and books.
     
  • Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parents' or guardians' attention.
     
  • Observe and monitor children's play activities.
     
  • Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
     
  • Instruct children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.
     
  • Read to children and teach them simple painting, drawing, handicrafts, and songs.
     
  • Organize and participate in recreational activities, such as games.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Child Care Workers  updated July 2004
     


    Knowledge
    for Child Care Workers
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Child Care Workers  updated July 2004
     


    Skills
    for Child Care Workers
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  • 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.
     
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Child Care Workers  updated July 2004
     


    Abilities
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  • 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.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • 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).
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • 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.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • 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).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Child Care Workers  updated July 2004
     


    Work Activities
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  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Child Care Workers  updated July 2004
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Child Care Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Child Care Workers  updated July 2004
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Child Care Workers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Child Care Program Center Worker, licensed Child Development Division
    Vermont Department for Children and Families
    Family Child Care Home Provider, registered Child Development Division
    Vermont Department for Children and Families
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2009.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Child Care Workers  updated July 2004
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Child Care Workers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Child Care Provider/Assistant
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    Related Occupations
    Occupations with skill requirements similar to Child Care Workers
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Child Care Workers 
     

     
     
     
    Vermont.gov State of Vermont Department of Labor