Teacher Aides

Teacher aides, also called teacher assistants, instructional aides, or paraprofessionals, perform a wide variety of duties to help teachers run a classroom. Teacher aides 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 approximately 1.3 million teacher aides employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Recommended