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Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers

What they do?

Babysitters perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Prepare formulas and change diapers for infants

B. Oversee children's activities, such as meals and rest periods, as instructed by employer

C. Instruct children in personal hygiene and social development

D. Tend to the emotional well-being of children

E. Discipline children according to the methods requested by the parents

F. Organize and participate in activities such as games, crafts, reading and outings to provide amusement and exercise

G. Plan, prepare and serve meals for children and may perform other housekeeping duties

Where they find work?

1. Other services (except public administration) - 54.0%
2. Health care and social assistance - 42.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of secondary school may be required.

2. Nannies and live-in caregivers may require completion of a training program in child care or a related field.

3. Child-care or household management experience may be required.

4. Demonstrated ability to perform work is usually required.

5. First aid certification and CPR training may be required.

6. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. Physical Education
3. Family Studies
4. Health

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers is $8.83/HR, which is below average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are below average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

8% of Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers are unemployed. This rate is above the average for intermediate occupations.

Unemployment

Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at a below-average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($8.83) are below the national average ($18.07) , and the rate of wage growth is above average.

4. The unemployment rate (8%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average because of fewer children years to come is expected to decrease.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (45%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Babysitting

2. Meal planning

3. Arts and crafts

Part Time Workers

Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


55% of Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 53,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 1% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be above average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 63% of Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


89% of the individuals employed as Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.