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DC Child-Care Workers Without a Degree Could Leave for These Other Jobs

DC Child-Care Workers Without a Degree Could Leave for These Other Jobs
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Child-care workers in DC are now required to have a college degree. That’s right, before they get a job diapering, feeding, dressing, and grooming children, they need to pay thousands for college tuition. The cost can be a little bit intimidating, especially considering what the US Bureau of Labor Statistics says are typical wages for the job.

 

Child-Care Workers
Median Hourly Pay: $11.89
Median Annual Pay: $24,730

Unless a boost in pay accompanies that new requirement, the policy could drive people without degrees to leave the job. If you do go ahead and get a degree, you’ll likely have more professional opportunities at a higher salary, including teaching jobs in public and private schools. If you don’t want to spend money getting a college degree, you have other options. Here are some jobs you don’t need a degree to do, and how much they pay. All the salary information is based on the latest Occupational Employment Statistics.

What sort of work do you prefer?

If you like working with people…

Occupation Median Hourly Pay Median Annual Pay
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers $11.26 $23,430
Parking Lot Attendants $11.37 $23,660
Cashiers $11.47 $23,860
Telemarketers $11.81 $24,570
Baggage Porters and Bellhops $12.24 $25,470
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $13.24 $27,540
Personal Care and Service Occupations $13.68 $28,460
Driver/Sales Workers $11.95 $24,850
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs $14.47 $30,110
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop $11.76 $24,450
Tour Guides and Escorts $15.39 $32,010
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners $16.84 $35,040
Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants $12.07 $25,110
Residential Advisors $14.34 $29,830
Tellers $15.17 $31,560
Concierges $15.65 $32,550
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks $16.04 $33,370

If you like working with food or drinks…

Occupation Median Hourly Pay Median Annual Pay
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $11.26 $23,430
Food Preparation Workers $11.72 $24,380
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop $11.76 $24,450
Food Batchmakers $14.16 $29,460
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers $11.26 $23,430
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $13.24 $27,540

If you like working with files or numbers…

Occupation Median Hourly Pay Median Annual Pay
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers $13.86 $28,840
Cashiers $11.47 $23,860


If you like working indoors…

Occupation Median Hourly Pay Median Annual Pay
Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants $12.07 $25,110
Residential Advisors $14.34 $29,830
Tellers $15.17 $31,560
Counter and Rental Clerks $15.47 $32,180
Concierges $15.65 $32,550
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks $16.04 $33,370
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers $13.86 $28,840
Telemarketers $11.81 $24,570

If you enjoy moving/standing a lot at work…

Occupation Median Hourly Pay Median Annual Pay
Tour Guides and Escorts $15.39 $32,010
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers $16.61 $34,550
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners $16.84 $34,550
Dishwashers $11.54 $24,010
Packers and Packagers, Hand $11.91 $24,770
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners $13.43 $27,920
Couriers and Messengers $14.09 $29,300
Food Batchmakers $14.16 $29,460
Baggage Porters and Bellhops $12.24 $25,470
Concierges $15.65 $32,550
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks $16.04 $33,370

If you enjoy driving…

Occupation Median Hourly Pay Median Annual Pay
Driver/Sales Workers $11.95 $24,850
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers $12.62 $26,250
Couriers and Messengers $14.09 $29,300
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs $14.47 $30,110


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