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Child Care: Career and Education Opportunities in West Virginia

Child Care: Nannies and other child care workers attend to children in homes, businesses and child care facilities. With a special eye towards nurturing, they take care of feeding, bathing and watching over children as they play.

West Virginia
West Virginia photo by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation

West Virginia has a population of 1,819,777, which has grown by 0.63% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Mountain State," West Virginia's capital and biggest city is Charleston. In 2008, there were a total of 934,944 jobs in West Virginia. The average annual income was $31,634 in 2008, up from $30,121 in 2007. The unemployment rate in West Virginia was 7.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Approximately 14.8% of West Virginia residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in West Virginia include bituminous coal underground mining, plastics material manufacturing, and pipeline transportation. Notable tourist attractions include the P A Denny, the Robert C Byrd Health Sciences C of W Vrgna Unvrsty, and the Craik.


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Child Care Worker

Child Care Workers attend to children at schools, businesses, and child care institutions. Child Care Workers need to make use of strategies for learning about new situations and problems as they arise. They also need to note the reactions and responses of others in both work and social situations.