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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: Educational Technician, Instructional Aide, Instructional Assistant, Paraeducator, Paraprofessional, Special Education Paraprofessional, Special Education Teaching Assistant, Teacher Aide, Teacher Assistant, Teaching Assistant

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged — Jellybean switches; Sound switches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Balance or gross motor equipment — Play structures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Board games — Educational board games See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Braille devices for the physically challenged — Braille slates; Braille styluses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Building blocks — Toy block sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cassette players or recorders — Audio tape recorders or players See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Childrens science kits — Science activity kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Computer mouse or trackballs — Eye controlled computer mouse equipment; Foot operated mouse equipment; Trackballs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop calculator — Talking calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital video disk players or recorders — Digital video disk DVD players See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Enteral feeding administration sets — Enteral feeding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Game pads or joy sticks — Head operated joysticks; Mouth operated joysticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intercom systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Keyboards — Alternative computer keyboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laminators — Laminating equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged — Communication boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid crystal display projector — Liquid crystal display LCD projectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Portable oxygen equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories — Oral suction tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microphones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Overhead projectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Page turners for the physically challenged — Page turners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sand or water tables or activity centers — Sand tables; Water tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Data input scanners; Reading pens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tactile toys — Pegboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Telecommunication devices TDD or teletypewriters TTY for the physically challenged — Teletypewriters TTY See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Televisions — Television monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards; Wireless touch screen monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video cassette players or recorders — Video cassette recorders VCR See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Visual presenters — Video magnifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged — Portable communication devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheelchairs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Writing aids for the physically challenged — Word prediction software See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

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

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

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Assist students with special educational needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop instructional materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach physical education. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate student work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply multiple teaching methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor student performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain student records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document lesson plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set up classroom materials or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Plan educational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Discuss student progress with parents or guardians. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Tutor students who need extra assistance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create technology-based learning materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise school or student activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate audiovisual equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Display student work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain computer equipment or software. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist other educational professionals with projects or research. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Contact With Others — 82% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 62% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 43% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 43% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 40% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 44% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 26% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 52% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 25% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 27% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 29% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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

Interest code: SC

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $24,430 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)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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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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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