Summary Report for:
25-9042.00 - Teaching Assistants, Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School, Except Special Education
Assist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher with instructional duties. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.
Sample of reported job titles: Educational Assistant, Instructional Assistant, Paraeducator, Paraprofessional, Teacher Aide, Teacher Assistant, Teaching Assistant
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Assist in bus loading and unloading.
- Assist librarians in school libraries.
- Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
- Clean classrooms.
- Collect money from students for school-related projects.
- Conduct demonstrations to teach skills, such as sports, dancing, and handicrafts.
- Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.
- Distribute teaching materials, such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, and pencils to students.
- Distribute tests and homework assignments and collect them when they are completed.
- Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
- Grade homework and tests, and compute and record results, using answer sheets or electronic marking devices.
- Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
- Laminate teaching materials to increase their durability under repeated use.
- Maintain computers in classrooms and laboratories and assist students with hardware and software use.
- Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.
- Operate and maintain audio-visual equipment.
- Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills.
- Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
- Participate in teacher-parent conferences regarding students' progress or problems.
- Plan, prepare, and develop various teaching aids, such as bibliographies, charts, and graphs.
- Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
- Prepare lesson outlines and plans in assigned subject areas and submit outlines to teachers for review.
- Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, supervised role-playing methods, or by reading aloud.
- Requisition and stock teaching materials and supplies.
- Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
- Take class attendance and maintain attendance records.
- Teach social skills to students.
- Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
- Type, file, and duplicate materials.
- Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
- Calendar and scheduling software — High School Scheduling and Transcript HSST
- Computer based training software — Appletree; Padlet; Quizlet; Schoology (see all 6 examples)
- Data base user interface and query software — Automate the Schools ATS; Blackboard software; Data entry software ; Student information systems SIS
- Desktop communications software — ClassDojo; ParentSquare; Tadpoles
- Device drivers or system software — Screen magnification software; Screen reader software
- Electronic mail software — Email software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Multi-media educational software — Kahoot; Seesaw
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Project management software — Google Classroom
- Spell checkers — Hand held spell checkers
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Video conferencing software — Google Meet
- Video creation and editing software — Flipgrid; Loom
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Balance or gross motor equipment — Play structures
- Board games — Educational board games
- Building blocks — Toy block sets
- Cassette players or recorders — Audio tape recorders or players
- Childrens science kits — Science activity kits
- Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players
- Computer mouse or trackballs — Trackballs
- Desktop computers
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras
- Digital video disk players or recorders — Digital video disk DVD players
- Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits
- Intercom systems
- Keyboards — Alternative computer keyboards
- Laminators — Laminating equipment
- Laser printers — Computer laser printers
- Liquid crystal display projector — Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Overhead projectors
- Personal computers
- Sand or water tables or activity centers — Sand tables; Water tables
- Scanners — Data input scanners; Reading pens
- Tactile toys — Pegboards
- Televisions — Television monitors
- Touch screen monitors — Wireless touch screen monitors
- Video cassette players or recorders — Video cassette recorders VCR
Detailed Work Activities
- Maintain student records.
- Develop instructional materials.
- Distribute instructional or library materials.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
- Monitor student performance.
- Supervise school or student activities.
- Assist other educational professionals with projects or research.
- Clean facilities or work areas.
- Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.
- Collect deposits, payments or fees.
- Create technology-based learning materials.
- Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
- Display student work.
- Document lesson plans.
- Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.
- Evaluate student work.
- Lead classes or community events.
- Maintain clean work areas.
- Maintain computer equipment or software.
- Operate audiovisual equipment.
- Plan educational activities.
- Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
- Set up classroom materials or equipment.
- Teach daily living skills or behaviors.
- Teach life skills.
- Teach others to use technology or equipment.
- Teach physical education.
- Tutor students who need extra assistance.
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wage data for Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary.
Employment data for Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary.
Industry data for Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary.
|Median wages (2020)||$28,900 annual|
|Employment (2019)||1,395,900 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Average (3% to 4%)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||140,400|
|Top industries (2019)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
- American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- National Education Association
- National Parent Teacher Association
- National Resource Center for Paraeducators
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Teacher assistants