Employment of preschool and childcare center directors is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
The number of children who are of preschool age is expected to increase, although their share of the overall population should remain constant. As a result, a greater number of working parents will continue to need help caring for their children.
In addition, a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education—specifically preschool—should increase demand for childcare centers. Early childhood education is widely recognized as important for a child's intellectual and emotional development.
However, the increasing cost of childcare and the increasing number of stay-at-home parents may reduce demand in the child daycare services industry.
Overall job opportunities for preschool and childcare center directors are expected to be favorable. Workers with formal postsecondary education, such as an associate's or bachelor's degree, should have better job prospects than those with only a high school diploma. Those with a bachelor's degree should have the best prospects.
Preschool and Childcare Center Directors
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Preschool and childcare center directors
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program