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Career and Education Opportunities for Child Care Workers in Washington

Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its largest city is Seattle.

About 41,830 people are currently employed as child care workers in Washington. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 10% to 46,110 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for child care workers are expected to grow by about 10.9%. Child care workers generally attend to children at schools, businesses, and child care institutions.

Child care workers earn approximately $9 per hour or $20,150 annually on average in Washington. Nationally they average about $9 hourly or $18,970 annually. Incomes for child care workers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Child Care in Washington, and not quite as good as the overall Child Care category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. Approximately 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres, the Laser Fantasy International, and the History House.

CITIES WITH Child Care Worker OPPORTUNITIES IN Washington


JOB DESCRIPTION: Child Care Worker

Child Care Worker video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, child care workers attend to children at schools, businesses, and child care institutions. They also perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, and overseeing play.

Every day, child care workers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Washington include:

  • Residential Life Director. Coordinate activities for residents of boarding schools, college fraternities or sororities, college dormitories, or similar establishments. Order supplies and determine need for maintenance, repairs, and furnishings. May maintain household records and assign rooms. May refer residents to counseling resources if needed.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Washington

Washington
Washington photo by Kelvin Kay

Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its largest city is Seattle. In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. About 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum, the History House, and the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres.