Best Social Services Jobs

Teacher Assistant: Reviews & Advice

Job Profile
Overview
Salary
Reviews & Advice
Job Listings
Auto Mechanic
Bartender
Bus Driver
Child and Family Social Worker
Delivery Truck Driver
Elementary School Teacher
Exterminator
Fabricator
Garbage Collector
Hairdresser
High School Teacher
Interpreter and Translator
Janitor
Landscaper and Groundskeeper
Lawyer
Maid and Housekeeper
Maintenance and Repair Worker
Middle School Teacher
Nail Technician
Paralegal
Patrol Officer
Preschool Teacher
Recreation and Fitness Worker
Restaurant Cook
School Counselor
School Psychologist
Security Guard
Speech-Language Pathologist
Sports Coach
Taxi Driver and Chauffeur
Waiter and Waitress
All Rankings Lists »

How to Get a Job as a Teacher Assistant

Volunteering can help you break into the field, Burcaw says. “You can help your child’s teacher, and you can go from maybe doing some one-on-one tutoring with a kid to applying for an opening at the school for a reading tutor,” she says. “Maybe you’ve got an associate’s or some college, you meet the basic requirements and the next thing you know, you’re working as the reading teacher and getting paid.” Since teacher assistants interact with a diverse mix of teachers, students, parents and administrators each day, patience and people skills are crucial qualities. “They have to be able to relate to a variety of folks, so communication skills, I think, are especially important,” Burcaw adds.

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility fair Average
Stress Level fair Average
Flexibility fair Average

What is the Job Like?

These professionals can be the buffer between the teacher and students, and they have the opportunity to get to know the students. Teacher assisting is not a particularly high-stress job, given that it allows for flexible work schedules. Almost 40 percent of teacher assistants worked part time in 2012. Unless they’re employed by year-round schools, these workers generally enjoy work-free summers. The chance to improve the lives of children is one of the job’s greatest perks, Burcaw says. “Fortunately, most teacher assistants love children,” she says. “That’s why they do what they do.”

See Salaries

How much do teacher assistants make in your city?

Indeed job search

Powered by

Last updated by Evan Taylor.


Similar jobs you might be interested in...

$53,400 Average Salary

#64 in U.S. News Best Jobs

$53,430 Average Salary

#50 in U.S. News Best Jobs

Reader Comments

Need a Job? See Who's Hiring

Teacher Assistant Jobs Near

loading...

    See Other Job Listings

    Jobs by Indeed

    Online Degree Programs

    See schools with online programs in your chosen field in a few simple steps.

    Find Online Degree Programs

    U.S. News University Directory

    Follow U.S. News

    U.S. News Advisor Finder

    Looking for an advisor? Find a financial professional near you.