There are currently an estimated 1,216,600 childcare workers in the United States. The childcare worker job market is expected to grow by 6.9% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are childcare workers?

CareerExplorer rates childcare workers with a B- employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 90,500 childcare workers. That number is based on 84,300 additional childcare workers, and the retirement of 6,200 existing childcare workers.

Are childcare workers in demand?

Many child care workers must be replaced each year, sustaining employment opportunities in the field. In addition, with the growing acceptance that pre-school education contributes significantly to a child’s success later in life, the proportion of children being cared for exclusively by parents or other relatives is likely to continue to decline. The number of government-funded and subsidized childcare programs is also projected to increase, due both to public demand and political will. Consequently, qualified applicants should have little trouble finding and keeping a job if they meet state licensing requirements. Concern about the safety and supervision of school-age children during before-and after- school hours should further increase demand for childcare workers. While a high-school diploma is the most common educational qualification in this occupation, workers may enhance their job prospects by obtaining a nationally recognized accreditation from the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).

What’s the supply of childcare workers?

The childcare worker industry is concentrated in California, Texas, New York

Childcare Worker job market by state

State Name Employed Childcare Workers
California 58,630
Texas 50,090
New York 40,280
Florida 34,190
Pennsylvania 23,740
Ohio 20,290
New Jersey 18,740
North Carolina 18,210
Illinois 17,370
Michigan 15,690
Georgia 15,320
Virginia 14,580
Massachusetts 13,530
Missouri 12,890
Kentucky 11,760
Minnesota 11,550
Indiana 9,510
Connecticut 9,440
Arizona 9,400
Washington 9,080
Maryland 8,830
Alabama 8,620
Nebraska 8,520
Louisiana 8,420
Iowa 8,200
Colorado 8,200
Tennessee 8,120
Mississippi 7,010
Oklahoma 7,000
South Carolina 6,860
Wisconsin 6,710
Arkansas 6,630
Oregon 6,460
Kansas 5,840
Utah 5,680
Nevada 3,920
Maine 3,180
North Dakota 3,060
Montana 2,660
South Dakota 2,610
New Mexico 2,550
New Hampshire 2,410
West Virginia 2,360
Rhode Island 2,330
Hawaii 2,180
District of Columbia 2,030
Wyoming 1,800
Alaska 1,800
Puerto Rico 1,590
Idaho 1,510
Delaware 1,360
Vermont 1,290
Virgin Islands, U.S. 460