Teacher Aides

Teacher Aide Works with Students

Teacher aidesĀ perform a wide variety of duties to help teachers run a classroom. They prepare instructional materials, help students with classroom work, and supervise students in the library, on the playground, and at lunch. They perform administrative duties such as photocopying, keeping attendance records, and grading papers. There are more than 1.2 million teacher aides employed in the United States. Teacher aides are also known as teacher assistants, instructional aides, paraprofessionals, and paraeducators.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Grading Clerks, Instructional Aides, Paraeducators, Paraprofessionals, Teacher Assistants
Duties Assist teachers; prepare classroom materials; help students with class work; supervise students; perform administrative duties
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
Experience Experience working with young people is highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Social
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Teacher
  • Counselor, or Tutor, or Media Specialist
  • Experienced Teacher Aide
  • Entry-Level Teacher Aide

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