Teacher Assistants

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Visual Aid Expert
  • Tutor
  • TMD Teacher Assistant (Trainable Mentally Disabled Teacher Assistant)
  • Title I Assistant
  • Test Grader
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Teaching Aide
  • Teachers Assistant
  • Teacher's Assistant
  • Teacher's Aide
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What They Do

  • Monitor classroom viewing of live or recorded courses transmitted by communication satellites.
  • Assist librarians in school libraries.
  • Collect money from students for school-related projects.
  • Operate and maintain audio-visual equipment.
  • Requisition and stock teaching materials and supplies.
  • Plan, prepare, and develop various teaching aids, such as bibliographies, charts, and graphs.
  • Conduct demonstrations to teach skills, such as sports, dancing, and handicrafts.
  • Participate in teacher-parent conferences regarding students' progress or problems.
  • Prepare lesson outlines and plans in assigned subject areas and submit outlines to teachers for review.
  • Take class attendance and maintain attendance records.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $26,270 with most people making between $17,500 and $37,400


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 45,050 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 46,560 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 151 openings due to growth and about 1,079 replacement openings for approximately 1,230 total annual openings.

Pennsylvania Department of Education