A Babysitter watches over children of all ages who need supervision. Efficient time management and multitasking skills are imperative for Babysitters, who must create a stimulating and safe environment that keep children learning and happy. This work can be incredibly different from client to client with many subsets of babysitting that focus on different areas of childcare, such as Nannies and Caregivers.
Babysitter Education Requirement
Babysitting usually requires no education. Education requirements can vary depending on the employer, state or setting. Many candidates have little to no job experience and gain experience from on-the-job training. Candidates with at least an associate degree in a related field of study will fare better in a job search.
Successful babysitters possess certain skills such as the ability to adapt to household rules, nurture, demonstrate maturity and take notice of potential dangers. They should also have the ability to balance fun with authority. Highly experienced candidates have a minimum of a high school diploma and an Early Childhood Education certification.
Babysitter Job Market
The need for Babysitters is expected to grow 11 percent by 2018. Babysitters generally find work through recommendations from previous employers. It is difficult to find a job for the first time with no previous experience. Many parents are hesitant to hire someone without any experience in the childcare industry. Employment is expected to increase because of the demand for preschool programs and the amount of children who require care.
According to statistics, the lowest 10 percent of Sitters make $7 an hour while the highest 10 percent earns $14 an hour. Private Childcare Workers' salaries are not based on state regulations or minimum wage laws. This means that Private Childcare Workers can be paid as little as $2 an hour. Salary usually is based on availability of the Nanny, experience and how far the Babysitter has to travel.