Teacher assistants work with a licensed teacher to give students additional attention and instruction.
Teacher assistants typically work in schools, at childcare centers, and for religious organizations. Most work full time, although part-time work is common. They generally do not work during the summer.
Teacher assistants typically need to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework.
The median annual wage for teacher assistants was $28,900 in May 2020.
Employment of teacher assistants is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, 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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