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Employment of child-care workers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Job opportunities for nannies should be particularly good. Increased focus on early childhood development and education programs will create greater demand for child care workers in the coming years. Also, the continuing trend of both parents working outside the home ensures that nannies will remain in demand. Even if many of these parents switch to part-time jobs, there will still be a need for qualified child care providers. Presently, the demand for nannies outweighs the supply, and graduating nannies may find themselves faced with several job offers. In addition, the long hours and low pay make for a high turnover rate in this field, and replacement workers are in steady demand. It may be years before the gap between the number of positions open and the availability of nannies diminishes.

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