Graduate Teaching Assistants

What do they do?

Assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions by performing teaching or teaching-related duties, such as teaching lower level courses, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers. Graduate teaching assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed.

Also known as:

Graduate Assistant, Graduate Fellow, Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate Student, Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Teaching Associate, Instructor, Research Assistant (RA), Teacher Assistant, Teaching Assistant (TA), Teaching Fellow

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Graduate Teaching Assistants in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Graduate Teaching Assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 11.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #8 in job growth rate
  • 250

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #10 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (43.8%)
  • Master's degree (33.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (16.4%)
  • Associate's degree (2.3%)
  • Some college, no degree (2.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (1.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.5%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Evaluate student work.
  • Guide class discussions.
  • Supervise laboratory work.
  • Create technology-based learning materials.
  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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