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Teacher Assistants

Also called: Instructional Assistant, Paraprofessional, Special Education Teaching Assistant, Teacher Assistant

What they do:
Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.
On the job, you would:
  • Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and mental disabilities.
  • Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
  • Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.


Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • group things in different ways


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Social Orientation
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Special Education Student Information System SESIS
Computer based training software
  • Children's educational software
  • Text to speech software
Device drivers or system software
  • Screen magnification software
  • Screen reader software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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