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Child Care Workers

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Job Description:   Child Care Workers take care of infants and young children, usually while the children's parents are at work or school. In some facilities they care for school-aged children before or after school. They work as assistants to teachers in child care centers, preschools, nursery schools and other child development facilities. Encouragement and support of the children is a major duty and so is maintaining discipline. Workers help children to be tolerant, patient and understanding of others. Workers also help keep the classroom neat and well-organized.

Wages - Statewide:  

To give you an idea of how much you might earn, we have given you the average hourly wages and average yearly wages for this career throughout California. Wages can vary greatly in different parts of the State.
  Hourly Average Wages:  11.54
  Yearly Average Wages:  24,020

  Source: California Occupational Employment and Wage Data, 2010

Job Openings:  

An average of 3760 job openings will be available statewide per year. The number of openings includes both new jobs and replacement openings as workers leave the occupation.

Source: California Occupational Employment Projections 2008 - 2018

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Basic Job Requirements:

  1. Talk to and relate to children
  2. Desire to help other people
  3. Able to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
  4. High school graduate
  5. Be in good health

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 Where to get training locally:   Training is usually on-the-job. Some unions, employers, adult schools and local or private industry training providers offer training.

To find training programs in your area you can check the LaborMarketInfo Web site at www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/cgi/databrowsing/traProvidersSelection.asp?menuChoice=traProviders. Or, you can go to a One-Stop Career Center for assistance. (See "One-Stop Career Centers" in the "How to Find a Job" section.)

 Possible Job Paths:
 Child Care Workers can move up to Teacher Aides, Head Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Director, or School Crossing Guard.

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