Teacher Assistants

What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Basic Skills Improvement Program Instructional Aide (BSIP Instructional Aide), Classroom Aide, Early Childhood Teacher Assistant (EC Teacher Assistant), Education Paraprofessional, Educational Assistant, Educational Technician, Exceptional Student Education Aide (ESE Aide), In School Suspension Aide (ISS Aide), Instructional Aide, Instructional Assistant, Kindergarten Paraprofessional, Learning Support Aide, Para Educator, Para Professional, Paraeducator, Paraprofessional, Paraprofessional Aide, Special Education Aide, Special Education Assistant, Special Education Associate, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Special Education Paraeducator, Special Education Paraprofessional, Special Education Teacher Assistant, Teacher Aide, Teacher Assistant, Teacher Associate, Teacher's Assistant, Teaching Assistant

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Teacher Assistants in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Teacher Assistants is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 10.8%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #13 in job growth rate
  • 3,450

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #14 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.6%)
  • Master's degree (4.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (21.3%)
  • Associate's degree (15.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (25.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (28.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (4.2%)

Percent of workers in this field

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People in this career often have these 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.


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.


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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Tutor students who need extra assistance.
  • Teach daily living skills or behaviors.
  • Teach life skills.
  • Supervise school or student activities.
  • Assist students with special educational needs.
  • Monitor student performance.
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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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