The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of career, burnout, and play-teaching
efficacy on the job satisfaction of childcare teachers. Participants of this study were 201 childcare
teachers in work-site daycare centers from the Seoul and Kyonggi areas. Collected data were
analyzed by one-way ANOVA, Pearson's product moment correlation, and multiple regression with
SPSS ver. 13.0. Major results of this study were as follows. First, there were significant differences
in total play-teaching efficacy and total job satisfaction according to childcare teacher's career.
Second, there were significant positive correlations between childcare teachers' career and their
play-teaching efficacy, and between childcare teachers' play-teaching efficacy and their job
satisfaction. Also, there were significant negative correlations between childcare teachers' career and
their burnout, between childcare teachers' burnout and their play-teaching efficacy, and between
childcare teachers' burnout and their job satisfaction. Finally, the most powerful predictor on job
satisfaction was burnout. Further, childcare teachers' burnout, play-teaching efficacy, and career
explained their job satisfaction. This study primarily suggests that efforts heightening childcare
teachers' play-teaching efficacy as well as reducing their burnout according to their career is
important in enhancing their job satisfaction.