Skip to main content MCC Crescent Shape Search rss Facebook Twitter Youtube chevron pointing down

Associate in Applied Science

Early Child Education and Development - Job Outlook

Job Outlook

MCC Campus(s):Penn Valley
Program Coordinator: Jennifer Copeland,   816-604-4208

Job Preparation: Student Employment Services;
Career Central - job bank

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and child care institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

Sample of reported job titles: Child Care Worker, Child Caregiver, Childcare Worker, Before and After School Daycare Worker, Child Care Provider, Child Care Assistant, Childcare Specialist, Daycare Aide, Playground Aide, Preschool Aide

Base salary and job outlook

  • Median wages (2008): $9.12 hourly, $18,970 annual
  • Employment (2006): 1,388,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2008): Faster than average (14% to 20%)
  • Projected need (2006-2016): 646,000 additional employees

Work Activities

  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.