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Childcare Workers

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare 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 Childcare Workers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2015
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 9.37   $ 10.02   $ 11.25   $ 13.46   $ 16.01   $ 11.95  
    Yearly $19,490   $20,830   $23,400   $27,990   $33,300   $24,850  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 9.40   $ 9.95   $ 10.99   $ 12.42   $ 14.67   $ 11.48  
    Yearly $19,550   $20,710   $22,860   $25,830   $30,520   $23,880  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.29   $ 10.00   $ 11.43   $ 13.77   $ 16.48   $ 12.20  
    Yearly $19,310   $20,790   $23,770   $28,640   $34,270   $25,380  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.42   $ 10.61   $ 13.02   $ 15.97   $ 17.73   $ 13.22  
    Yearly $19,600   $22,060   $27,080   $33,210   $36,870   $27,500  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2016.
    Note: 2015 release includes new geographic definitions based on 2010 Census.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2012 2022
    Vermont 3,750 4,261 1.3% 161
    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 1,573 1,692 0.7% 65
    Southern Vermont Balance of State 1,337 1,442 0.8% 49
    Northern Vermont Balance of State 843 912 0.8% 32
    Note: Substate areas are based on 2005 definitions from 2000 Census. 2014-2024 estimates, released in 2016, will be based on new area definitions from 2010 Census.
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released August 2014, area estimates released October 2014.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Vermont
    2012
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Total All Industries 3,750 100%
    Self Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs 1,985 53%
    Self Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs 1,985 53%
    Total Self Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs 1,985 53%
    Unclassified 1,985 53%
    Services Providing 1,765 47%
    Education and Health Services 1,240 33%
    Health Care and Social Assistance 953 25%
    Social Assistance 888 24%
    Educational Services 287 8%
    Educational Services 287 8%
    Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries 81 2%
    Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 81 2%
    Accommodation and Food Services 70 2%
    Accommodation, including Hotels and Motels 70 2%
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August 2014.
     


    Tasks
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  • Maintain a safe play environment.
     
  • Dress children and change diapers.
     
  • Observe and monitor children's play activities.
     
  • Communicate with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
     
  • Sanitize toys and play equipment.
     
  • Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
     
  • Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
     
  • Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parents' or guardians' attention.
     
  • Assist in preparing food and serving meals and refreshments to children.
     
  • Instruct children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Childcare Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
    for Childcare 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.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Childcare Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Childcare Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Childcare Workers  updated June 2010
     


    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.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing 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.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Childcare Workers  updated June 2010
     


    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: Childcare Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Childcare Workers  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Childcare Workers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Child Care Provider Child Development Division
    Vermont Department for Children and Families
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    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: Childcare Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Childcare 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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    source: Occupational Information Network: Childcare Workers 
     

     
     
     
    Vermont.gov State of Vermont Department of Labor