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Baby and Nanny

A baby being held by her nanny.

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Job Description

A nanny cares for children, usually in their families' homes. He or she generally works for one family at a time.

Employment Facts

There were 1,302,000 nannys employed in 2008.

Educational Requirements

There are no formal educational requirements for nannies, but a particular family may a have its own requirements. The International Nanny Association, an organization that describes itself as "the umbrella association for the in-home child care industry," has a set of professional standards for nannies that includes graduation from high school or its equivalent.

Other Requirements

A nanny must have good communication and problem-solving skills, patience and physical stamina.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of nannies will grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018.


In 2009, nannies earned median hourly wages of $9.25 and a median annual salary of $19,240.

Use the Salary Wizard at Salary.com to find out how much a Nanny currently earns in your city.

A Day in a Nanny's Life:

On a typical day a nanny's tasks might include:

  • preparing meals and snacks for children
  • performing CPR or first aid if needed
  • transporting children to school, after-school activities and medical appointments
  • regulating nap schedules
  • organizing recreational activities
  • tending to children's hygiene including changing diapers
  • performing housekeeping tasks

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Child Care Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/childcare-workers.htm (visited May 24, 2010).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Nannies, on the Internet at http://online.onetcenter.org/link/details/39-9011.01 (visited November 30, 2010).


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