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Early Childhood Educators and Assistants

What they do?

Early childhood educators perform some or all of the following duties:

A. May plan and organize activities for school-age children in child-care programs before and after regular school hours

B. May supervise and co-ordinate the activities of other early childhood educators and early childhood educator assistants.

Where they find work?

What education do I need?

1. Early childhood educators

2. A bachelor's degree or college diploma in early childhood education is required.

3. Progression to senior positions, such as day-care supervisor, is possible with experience.

4. Early childhood educator assistants

5. Completion of secondary school is usually required.

6. Experience in child care, such as babysitting, is required.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. First Aid
3. Family Studies

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Early Childhood Educators and Assistants is $12.67/HR, which is below average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Early Childhood Educators and Assistants wages

Expected Wage by Age

Early Childhood Educators and Assistants Wage By Age

Unemployment:

2% of Early Childhood Educators and Assistants are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Early Childhood Educators and Assistants Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Early Childhood Educators and Assistants Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Early Childhood Educators and Assistants is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($12.67) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (2%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average because of the government commitment to early childhood programs.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

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

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Early Childhood Educators and Assistants are found in Alberta and Quebec while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (24%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Babysitting

2. Meal planning

3. Arts and crafts

Part Time Workers

Early Childhood Educators and Assistants Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


23% of Early Childhood Educators and Assistants are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 167,700 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 14% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Early Childhood Educators and Assistants Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average influenced by a similar-to-average retirement age (62).

Self Employed

Early Childhood Educators and Assistants Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 41% of Early Childhood Educators and Assistants are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Early Childhood Educators and Assistants Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


98% of the individuals employed as Early Childhood Educators and Assistants are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.