Teacher Assistants

Industry Areas

  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals

Day-to-Day Tasks

  • Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and mental disabilities.
  • Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
  • Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.

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Overall Kind of Work

Teacher assistants work under a teacher's supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.DutiesTeacher assistants typically do the following:Reinforce lessons presented by teache...

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Work Environment


Teacher assistants held about 1.2 million jobs in 2012. They work in both private and public elementary, middle, and high schools. They also work in preschools, childcare centers, community centers...

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Workweek Breakdown

The hours worked per week by people currently pursuing this career.

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  • 16.52% (0-20 Hours)
  • 26.14% (21-34 Hours)
  • 21.77% (35-39 Hours)
  • 35.45% (40 Hours)
  • 0.11% (Over 50 Hours)

This data also pertains to Teacher Assistants

Type of Work

The level of day-to-day involvement with data, people or things.

Data: 1
People: 2
Things: 1

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

Verbal skills: 2
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: 2
Equipment Operation & Maintenance: 2
Math & Science Skills: 1
Technology Design & Control: 2
Leadership: 2

Workplace at a Glance

The level of different environmental factors you would experience on the job.

Responsibility: 1
Exposure to Job Hazards: 1
Physical Activity: 2
Decision Making: 1
Repetitiveness: 1
Level of Competition: 1
Time Pressure: 1

Business Breakdown

The different sectors people in this career currently work in.

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