|Quick Facts: Teacher Assistants|
|2010 Median Pay||$23,220 per year|
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||1,288,300|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||15% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||191,100|
Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.
Teacher assistants work in public and private schools, childcare centers, and for religious organizations. About 37 percent work part time. Most do not work during the summer.
Educational requirements, which vary by school district and position, range from a high school diploma to an associate’s degree.
The median annual wage of teacher assistants was $23,220 in May 2010.
Employment of teacher assistants is expected to grow by 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected to result from increases in student enrollment and increases in childcare and preschool enrollment.
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