Nanny jobs include positions for childcare workers who care for infants, toddlers and school age children. Private homes typically serve as the workplaces for these professionals. They often provide care for the children of a single family over the course of many months or years, or they may care for several families at once. Some nanny duties include:
Preparing and providing healthy meals for children
There is no national, state or local educational requirement for nanny jobs, so the needs for these personal care and service positions are very much at the employer's discretion. Some families may seek out a nanny with a formal education in childcare or early childhood education. Others may seek candidates with in-depth knowledge of certain languages or other subject areas. Still other employers may look for candidates with strong skills in interpersonal communication, instruction, creativity and physical stamina.
Nanny Job Market
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the job market for nannies and other childcare workers will grow 14 percent over the next decade. The growing U.S. population and higher percentage of working parents means that there's a higher demand for childcare professionals. Additionally, increased recognition of the importance of early childhood education will continue to create demand for nanny jobs.
Nanny Job Salary Information
Nannies typically earn an hourly rate, since the time that they spend on the job may fluctuate significantly from day-to-day. Some days they care for children during after-school hours only, while during family vacations or special occasions, they may work overnight or on weekends. According to the BLS, the average hourly rate for nanny jobs is about $9.50. Experienced nannies in areas with a high cost of living may earn upwards of $14 per hour.