Employment Trends in Child Care

According to the employment trends in the child care industry, jobs in this sector should remain steady. Child care jobs basically depend on two things: how many children there are and how many parents of these children are working, causing them to need child care. So if birth rates across the country dramatically decreased then there would be less demand for workers in the child care industry simply because there would be fewer children needing care. However, there are no such projections that the birth rate in the U.S. will significantly decline over the next few years.

Another reason people don't need child care is because they aren't working and therefore can take care of their children themselves. There are basically two reasons that people don't work: because they don't have to since they already have enough money to pay the bills or because they are unemployed. When people have plenty of money, they have the choice of whether or not they want to put their children in someone else's care. While some may choose to hire nannies or live-in child care helpers, others prefer to just take care of their kids themselves. On the other hand, when people are out of work, they really can't afford to pay for child care. As a result, they take responsibility for their kids themselves. While the economy has its ups and downs, so far enough people are working so that the child care industry hasn't suffered any real negative consequences. Plus as the need for both parents to work increases so that households can "make ends meet," the need for people to take care of their kids will subsequently rise.

Types of Jobs

Numerous jobs exist in the child care industry. One of these is a day care worker. Some of the job responsibilities of day care workers include overseeing classrooms, driving buses to and from schools, preparing meals, etc. Unfortunately these jobs don't pay very well, and there is a high turnover in this particular industry. Similarly, after school workers are needed in places like YMCA's and day cares. Usually after school workers help school age children with their homework and oversee other activities to keep kids busy in the time between when they get off school and when their parents come to pick them up. Another option is a home based day care providers. Often run by mothers who want to make some extra money while they stay at home with their own kids, these home-based businesses allow parents to leave their kids in a home environment rather than a day care. As mentioned earlier, nannies and live-in child care helpers work in their client's homes rather than their own homes. Their job duties can range from watching the kids and playing with them to helping with their education and feeding them. Sometimes employers also expect nannies to run errands and do chores. Many churches also offer child care programs like "Mother's Day Out" and are looking for part time help to staff them. So as you can see, there are many options of various types of jobs available if you are someone who is interested in working in the child care field.