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Teacher Assistants

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.   (O'Net 25-9041.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Assistant Elementary Teacher, Assistant Reading Teacher, At Risk Paraprofessional, Basic Skills Improvement Program Instructional Aide (BSIP Instructional Aide), Bilingual Teacher Aide, Bilingual Teacher Assistant, Campus Aide, Classroom Aide, Classroom Teacher, Clerical Aide Teacher, Clerical Grader, Computer Aide, Computer Assistant, Computer Lab Assistant, Computer Lab Para Professional, Crisis Intervention Specialist, Early Childhood Teacher Assistant (EC Teacher Assistant), ED Educational Aide (Emotionally Disturbed Educational Aide), Education Paraprofessional, Educational Aid, Educational Assistant, Educational Assistant Teacher, Educational Resources Center Instructional Paraprofessional (ERC Instructional Paraprofessional), Educational Technician, English Language Learner Tutor (ELL Tutor), ESL Instructional Assistant (English as a Second Language Instructional Assistant), ESL Tutor (English as a Second Language Tutor), ESOL Teacher Assistant (English for Speakers of Other Languages Teacher Assistant), Examination Grader, Examination Proctor, Examination Scorer, Exceptional Children Teacher Assistant, Exceptional Student Education Aide (ESE Aide), Extended Resource Developmentally Delayed Assistant (Extended Resource DD Assistant), Gifted and Talented Student Education Aide, Grader, Grading Clerk, Helper Teacher, In School Suspension Aide (ISS Aide), In School Suspension Coordinator (ISS Coordinator), Inclusion Paraeducator, Instructional Aide, Instructional Assistant, Instructional Paraprofessional, Itinerant Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten Aide, Kindergarten Instructional Assistant, Kindergarten Paraprofessional, Kindergarten Teacher Assistant, Kindergartners Helper, Learning Support Aide, Library Paraprofessional, Media Aid, Media Assistant, Paper Grader, Para Educator, Para Professional, Paraeducator, Paraprofessional, Paraprofessional Aide, Paraprofessional Aide Teacher, Paraprofessional Education Assistant, Practice or Student Teacher, Preschool Assistant, Preschool Teacher's Assistant, Proctor, Program Assistant, Public Health Training Assistant (PHTA), Readiness Paraprofessional, Reading Aide, Reading Assistant, Resource Paraprofessional, School Aide, SLD Educational Aide (Specific Learning Disability Educational Aide), Special Education Aide, Special Education Assistant, Special Education Associate, Special Education Classroom Aide, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Special Education Para Professional, Special Education Paraeducator, Special Education Paraprofessional, Special Education Teacher, Special Education Teaching Assistant, Special Population Paraprofessional, Study Hall Supervisor, Substitute Teacher, Supervisory Aide, Teacher, Teacher Aide, Teacher Assistant, Teacher Associate, Teacher's Aide, Teacher's Assistant, Teachers Assistant, Teaching Aide, Teaching Assistant, Test Grader, Title I Assistant, TMD Teacher Assistant (Trainable Mentally Disabled Teacher Assistant), Tutor, Visual Aid Expert
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $21,350   $25,250   $30,050   $36,170   $41,130   $31,090  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $22,210   $26,000   $31,000   $37,180   $43,520   $32,090  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $22,760   $26,650   $31,190   $36,850   $42,410   $32,190  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $19,980   $22,150   $26,970   $31,930   $38,300   $27,990  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
    n/a - For some occupations that do not generally work full time year-round, only hourly wages or annual salaries are reported depending on how they are typically paid.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 5,155 5,172 0.0% 126
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Educational services; state, local, and private 82.7%
    Social assistance 11.0%
    Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations 4.0%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 0.9%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 0.3%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
  • Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
     
  • Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.
     
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
     
  • Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.
     
  • Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, or supervised role-playing methods.
     
  • Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
     
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Teacher Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Teacher Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Teacher Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Teacher Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
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  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Teacher Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Teacher Assistants  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Teacher Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Teacher Assistants  updated July 2011
     


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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Teacher Assistant/Aide.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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