Care for children in private households and provide support and expertise to parents in satisfying children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs. Duties may include meal planning and preparation, laundry and clothing care, organization of play activities and outings, discipline, intellectual stimulation, language activities, and transportation.

Median Annual Wage: $19,730

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (48%); Post-secondary certificate (30%); Some college, no degree (15%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Nanny; Nanny/Household Manager

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nannies.

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  • Instruct children in safe behavior, such as seeking adult assistance when crossing the street and avoiding contact or play with unsafe objects.
  • Model appropriate social behaviors and encourage concern for others to cultivate development of interpersonal relationships and communication skills.
  • Observe children's behavior for irregularities, take temperature, transport children to doctor, or administer medications, as directed, to maintain children's health.
  • Teach and perform age-appropriate activities, such as lap play, reading, and arts and crafts to encourage intellectual development of children.
  • Assign appropriate chores and praise targeted behaviors to encourage development of self-control, self-confidence, and responsibility.
  • Help prepare and serve nutritionally balanced meals and snacks for children.
  • Instruct and assist children in the development of health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet behavior.
  • Work with parents to develop and implement discipline programs to promote desirable child behavior.
  • Remove hazards and develop appropriate boundaries and rules to create a safe environment for children.
  • Organize and conduct age-appropriate recreational activities, such as games, arts and crafts, sports, walks, and play dates.
  • Meet regularly with parents to discuss children's activities and development.
  • Transport children to schools, social outings, and medical appointments.
  • Regulate children's rest periods and nap schedules.
  • Help develop or monitor family schedule.
  • Supervise and assist with homework.
  • Keep records of play, meal schedules, and bill payment.
  • Perform housekeeping and cleaning duties related to children's care.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nannies.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nannies.

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