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Teacher Aides

Overview

Teacher aides 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.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $50,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Recommended

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Helpful

Organized

Social

Career Ladder
Teacher

Counselor, or Tutor, or Media Specialist

Experienced Teacher Aide

Entry-Level Teacher Aide