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Job Description - Nanny:

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

Employment Facts - Nanny:

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

Educational Requirements - Nanny:

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 - Nanny:

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

Job Outlook - Nanny:

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

Earnings - Nanny:

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

Sources:
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/oco/ocos170.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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