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Teaching Assistant

A teaching assistant is an individual who is certified to work along side a teacher in a class room setting. A teaching assistant is typically an adult who is certified by the state, but in some instances a teaching assistant could be a fellow class mate. Teaching assistants are needed in classrooms at all grade levels and work in private and public schools, child care centers and for religious organizations. Most teaching assistants will not have to work summers

Teaching assistants typically help the main teacher in situations where the students may have learning or physical disabilities. Teaching assistants are not required to hold degrees in education at any level. In this setting teaching assistants provide additional attention and instruction to students.

According to the bureau of labor statistics in 2012 the median pay for individuals working as teaching assistants was $24k/year. The job outlook for teaching assistants is projected to grow by 9% over the next 10 years or as fast as average.

Teacher Salaries
2012 Median PayTeacher Assistant$24k/year
2012 Median PayKindergarten / Elementary Teacher$56k/year
2012 Median PayMiddles School Teacher$56k/year
2012 Median PayHigh School Teacher$58k/year
2012 Median PayPost Secondary Teacher$68k/year
2012 Median PaySpecial Education Teacher$55k/year
2012 Median PayGuidance Counselors$56k/year
2012 Median PayPrincipals$56k/year
2012 Median PayEducation Administrators$90k/year
2012 Median PayPost Secondary Administrator$86k/year
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