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Teacher Assistants
What Teacher Assistants Do

Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.

Work Environment

Teacher assistants typically work in public and private schools, at childcare centers, and for religious organizations. About 1 in 3 worked part time in 2016. Most do not work during the summer.

How to Become a Teacher Assistant

Teacher assistants typically need to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework.


The median annual wage for teacher assistants was $26,260 in May 2017.

Job Outlook

Employment of teacher assistants is projected to grow 8 percent by 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment along with state and federal funding for education programs should affect growth.

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