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25-9041.00 - Teacher Assistants

Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

Sample of reported job titles: Teacher Assistant, Paraprofessional, Instructional Assistant, Special Education Teaching Assistant, Paraeducator, Teacher Aide, Special Education Paraprofessional, Teaching Assistant, Educational Technician, Instructional Aide

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
86   Core Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and mental disabilities.
84   Core Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
84   Core Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
78   Core Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
77   Core Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.
73   Core Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
73   Core Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.
71   Core Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, or supervised role-playing methods.
68   Core Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
65   Core Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
64   Core Distribute teaching materials such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, and pencils to students.
63   Core Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills.
60   Core Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
60   Core Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
60   Core Type, file, and duplicate materials.
56   Core Laminate teaching materials to increase their durability under repeated use.
76   Supplemental Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
76   Supplemental Carry out therapeutic regimens such as behavior modification and personal development programs, under the supervision of special education instructors, psychologists, or speech-language pathologists.
75   Supplemental Assist in bus loading and unloading.
73   Supplemental Maintain computers in classrooms and laboratories and assist students with hardware and software use.
70   Supplemental Distribute tests and homework assignments and collect them when they are completed.
67   Supplemental Grade homework and tests, and compute and record results, using answer sheets or electronic marking devices.
66   Supplemental Take class attendance and maintain attendance records.
63   Supplemental Prepare lesson outlines and plans in assigned subject areas and submit outlines to teachers for review.
63   Supplemental Participate in teacher-parent conferences regarding students' progress or problems.
63   Supplemental Conduct demonstrations to teach such skills as sports, dancing, and handicrafts.
57   Supplemental Plan, prepare, and develop various teaching aids such as bibliographies, charts, and graphs.
55   Supplemental Requisition and stock teaching materials and supplies.
53   Supplemental Operate and maintain audio-visual equipment.
51   Supplemental Collect money from students for school-related projects.
49   Supplemental Assist librarians in school libraries.
39   Supplemental Monitor classroom viewing of live or recorded courses transmitted by communication satellites.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Balance or gross motor equipment — Play structures
Computer mouse or trackballs — Eye controlled computer mouse equipment; Foot operated mouse equipment; Trackballs
Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits
Laminators — Laminating equipment
Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Portable oxygen equipment
Scanners — Data input scanners; Reading pens
Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards; Wireless touch screen monitors
Visual presenters — Video magnifiers
Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged — Portable communication devices
Writing aids for the physically challenged — Word prediction software

Technology used in this occupation:

Calendar and scheduling software — High School Scheduling and Transcript HSST *
Computer based training software — Children's educational software; Text to speech software
Data base user interface and query software — Automate the Schools ATS *; Data entry software; Special Education Student Information System SESIS *; Student information systems SIS
Device drivers or system software — Screen magnification software; Screen reader software
Electronic mail software — Email software
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
Spell checkers — Hand held spell checkers
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
64   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
63   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
62   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
51   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
45   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
38   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
37   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
36   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
36   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
34   Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
29   History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
28   Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
26   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
26   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
24   Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
23   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
22   Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
18   Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
17   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
13   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
13   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
12   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
12   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
10   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
10   Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
10   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
66   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
66   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
60   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
56   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
56   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
56   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
53   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
53   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
53   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
53   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
50   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
50   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
47   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
47   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
47   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
41   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
38   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
31   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
28   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
25   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
25   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
22   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
19   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
19   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
19   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
16   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
13   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
10   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
10   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
10   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
 Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
72   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
66   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
66   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
66   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
60   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
53   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
53   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
50   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
50   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
50   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
50   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
50   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
47   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
44   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
44   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
44   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
38   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
35   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
35   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
35   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
31   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
31   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
31   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
28   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
28   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
25   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
25   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
25   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
25   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
25   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
22   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
22   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
22   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
19   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
16   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
16   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
16   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
13   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
  Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
  Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
75   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Assist students with special educational needs.
75   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Assist other educational professionals with projects or research.
  • Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.
75   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
68   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
66   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Plan educational activities.
63   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Apply multiple teaching methods.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment.
  • Teach physical education.
  • Tutor students who need extra assistance.
62   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
62   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
61   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
59   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
59   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.
  • Monitor student performance.
  • Supervise school or student activities.
57   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
57   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
56   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
53   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
53   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
51   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
51   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
51   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Create technology-based learning materials.
  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Document lesson plans.
  • Maintain student records.
48   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
48   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
48   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
48   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Evaluate student work.
47   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
46   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
45   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
43   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
41   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
40   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
40   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
37   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Display student work.
  • Set up classroom materials or equipment.
33   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
33   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
25   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
21   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
17   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operate audiovisual equipment.
15   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
11   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
  Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Maintain computer equipment or software.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
93   Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
91   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
87   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
82   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
71   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
70   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
64   Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
64   Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
60   Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
57   Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?
56   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
55   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
54   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
52   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
51   Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?
50   Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
49   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
46   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
42   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
40   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
38   Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?
38   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
37   Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
37   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
35   Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
33   Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
32   Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
28   Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?
27   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
27   Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
27   Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?
25   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
24   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
24   Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
21   Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
21   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
20   Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
15   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
15   Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
12   Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
11   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
11   Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
  Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
  Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
  In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
  Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)
  Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
  Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
  Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
  Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
 Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
 Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
 Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
 In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
 Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
 Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?
 Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
31   Some college, no degree
20   Post-secondary certificate Help
20   Bachelor's degree

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
72   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
45   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
33   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
28   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
 Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
91   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
89   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
89   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
88   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
87   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
86   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
83   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
79   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
79   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
77   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
76   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
73   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
73   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
69   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
66   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
55   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
83   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
56   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
39   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
39   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
39   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
33   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Related Occupations   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $24,000 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 1,223,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 382,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Educational Services (83% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Teacher Assistants external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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