Teacher Assistants

Industry Areas

  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises

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. Duties Teacher assistants typically do the following: Reinforce lessons presented by...

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Work Environment


Teacher assistants held about 1. 2 million jobs in 2014. They work in both private and public elementary, middle, and high schools. They also work in preschools, at childcare centers, at community...

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Workweek Breakdown

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

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  • 14.75% (0-20 Hours)
  • 22.20% (21-34 Hours)
  • 23.10% (35-39 Hours)
  • 38.20% (40 Hours)
  • 1.27% (41-49 Hours)
  • 0.49% (Over 50 Hours)

Type of Work

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

Data: Medium
People: Medium
Things: Low

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

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

Workplace at a Glance

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

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

Business Breakdown

The different sectors people in this career currently work in.

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