Teacher Aides

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 nearly 1.2 million teacher aides employed in the United States. Teacher aides are also known as teacher assistants, instructional aides, paraprofessionals, and paraeducators.


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

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