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Working As An Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $24,900

    Average Salary

What Does An Aide Do

Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.

Duties

Teacher assistants typically do the following:

  • Reinforce lessons presented by teachers by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups
  • Enforce school and class rules to help teach students proper behavior
  • Help teachers with recordkeeping, such as tracking attendance and calculating grades
  • Help teachers prepare for lessons by getting materials ready or setting up equipment, such as computers
  • Supervise students in class, between classes, during lunch and recess, and on field trips

Teacher assistants also are called teacher aides, instructional aides, paraprofessionals, education assistants, and paraeducators.

Teacher assistants work with or under the guidance of a licensed teacher. Generally, teachers introduce new material to students while teacher assistants help reinforce the lessons by working with individual students or small groups of students. For example, after the teacher presents a lesson, a teacher assistant may help a small group of students as they try to master the material.

Teachers may seek feedback from assistants to monitor students’ progress. Some teachers and teacher assistants meet regularly to discuss lesson plans and student development. Teacher assistants sometimes help teachers by grading tests and checking homework.

Some teacher assistants work only with special education students. Some of these students attend regular classes, and teacher assistants help them understand the material and adapt the information to their learning style. Teacher assistants may work with students who have more severe disabilities in separate classrooms. They help these students with basic needs, such as eating or personal hygiene. With young adults, they may help students with disabilities learn skills necessary for them to find a job or live independently after graduation.

Some teacher assistants work in specific locations in the school. For example, some work in computer laboratories, teaching students how to use computers and helping them use software. Others work as recess or lunchroom attendants, supervising students during these times of the day.

Although most teacher assistants work in elementary, middle, and high schools, others work in preschools and childcare centers. Often, one or two assistants work with a lead teacher to provide the individual attention that young children need. They help with educational activities. They also supervise the children at play and help with feeding and other basic care.

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How To Become An Aide

Teacher assistants typically need to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework.

Education

Most school districts require applicants to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework or have earned an associate’s degree. Teacher assistants in schools that have a Title 1 program (a federal program for schools with a large proportion of students from low-income households) must have at least a 2-year degree, 2 years of college, or pass a state or local assessment.

Associate’s degree programs for teacher assistants prepare the participants to develop educational materials, observe students, and understand the role of teachers and teaching assistants in the classroom.

Most states require instructional aides who work with special-needs students to pass a skills-based test.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teacher assistants need to discuss students’ progress with teachers and parents, so they need to be able to communicate well.

Interpersonal skills. Teacher assistants interact with a variety of people, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators. They need to develop good working relationships with the people they work with.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teacher assistants must be patient with students who struggle with material.

Resourcefulness. To reinforce lessons, teacher assistants must explain information to students in a way that meets each student’s learning style. 

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Average Length of Employment
Charge Aide 4.6 years
Developmental Aide 3.9 years
Ward Aide 3.6 years
Institutional Aide 3.4 years
Dental Aide 3.3 years
Supply Aide 3.3 years
Psychiatric Aide 3.2 years
Nursing Home Aide 3.2 years
Engineering Aide 3.1 years
Route Aide 3.1 years
Restorative Aide 3.1 years
Surgical Aide 2.9 years
Therapy Aide 2.8 years
Mental Health Aide 2.8 years
Police Aide 2.5 years
Planning Aide 2.5 years
Medication Aide 2.4 years
Service Aide 2.4 years
Instructional Aide 2.4 years
Supervisory Aide 2.4 years
Pharmacist Aide 2.3 years
School Aide 2.3 years
Technical Aide 2.3 years
Community Aide 2.3 years
Nurses' Aide 2.3 years
Hospice Aide 2.2 years
Lunchroom Aide 2.2 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
School Bus Aide 2.2 years
Health Aide 2.2 years
Rehab Aide 2.2 years
Congressional Aide 2.2 years
In Home Aide 2.1 years
Cafeteria Aide 2.1 years
Audio-Visual Aide 2.1 years
Management Aide 2.1 years
Utility Aide 2.0 years
Kindergarten Aide 2.0 years
Housekeeping Aide 2.0 years
Parent Aide 2.0 years
Personnel Aide 2.0 years
Teacher Aide 2.0 years
Residential Aide 2.0 years
Day Care Aide 2.0 years
Library Aide 2.0 years
Aide 2.0 years
Child Care Aide 1.9 years
Scientific Aide 1.9 years
Laundry Aide 1.9 years
Biologist Aide 1.9 years
Campus Aide 1.9 years
Preschool Aide 1.9 years
Case Aide 1.9 years
Home Help Aide 1.9 years
Resident Care Aide 1.9 years
Reading Aide 1.9 years
Bus Aide 1.8 years
Legislative Aide 1.8 years
Teacher Assistant 1.8 years
Teaching Aide 1.8 years
Nutrition Aide 1.8 years
Classroom Aide 1.8 years
Children's Aide 1.8 years
Laboratory Aide 1.8 years
Welfare Aide 1.8 years
Dietary Aide 1.8 years
Art Museum Aide 1.7 years
Maintenance Aide 1.7 years
Recreation Aide 1.7 years
Activities Aide 1.7 years
Case Work Aide 1.7 years
Clerical Aide 1.6 years
Park Aide 1.6 years
Geriatric Aide 1.6 years
Office Aide 1.6 years
Neighborhood Aide 1.5 years
Kitchen Aide 1.5 years
Dedicated Aide 1.5 years
Playground Aide 1.5 years
Resident Aide 1.5 years
Field Aide 1.4 years
Legal Aide 1.4 years
Hospitality Aide 1.4 years
Range Aide 1.3 years
Biological Aide 1.3 years
Custodial Aide 1.2 years
Research Aide 1.2 years
Kennel Aide 1.2 years
Forestry Aide 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 15.4%
Internship 7.9%
Volunteer 5.4%
Teacher 3.1%
Server 2.9%
Assistant 2.8%
Waitress 2.7%
Manager 2.5%
Top Employers After
Cashier 10.9%
Internship 7.4%
Teacher 5.2%
Volunteer 4.1%
Server 3.5%
Assistant 2.7%
Manager 2.7%

Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

73.9%

Male

24.0%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

78.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.6%

French

9.1%

Chinese

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Italian

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Mandarin

2.1%

German

2.0%

Russian

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Urdu

1.6%

Portuguese

1.5%

Tagalog

1.2%

Cantonese

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Greek

0.9%

Hebrew

0.8%

Hmong

0.7%

Korean

0.7%
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Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.7%

Michigan State University

11.4%

Liberty University

7.3%

Ashford University

5.5%

Grand Canyon University

5.1%

Kaplan University

5.1%

Hofstra University

5.1%

Hudson Valley Community College

4.1%

Towson University

3.9%

Fresno City College

3.9%

Capella University

3.8%

The Community College of Baltimore County

3.6%

Duquesne University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

Walden University

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Troy University

3.0%

Montgomery College

2.9%

Lansing Community College

2.9%

Pennsylvania State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

12.4%

Psychology

11.4%

Nursing

8.9%

Criminal Justice

7.6%

Medical Assisting Services

5.9%

Education

4.8%

Health Care Administration

4.7%

Social Work

4.7%

Elementary Education

3.9%

General Studies

3.9%

Liberal Arts

3.9%

Nursing Assistants

3.7%

Human Services

3.6%

Early Childhood Education

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Communication

3.0%

Special Education

2.9%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Human Development

2.8%

Biology

2.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.9%

Other

29.4%

Associate

13.7%

Masters

12.5%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

0.7%
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Real Aide Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Professional Aide Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Sep 08, 2011 $56,766
Professional Aide Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Sep 08, 2010 $52,000
Regulatory Aide Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Jul 13, 2013 $51,236
Professional Aide Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Jan 01, 2016 $37,566
Private Duty Aide Alfred Fenaughty Long Beach, CA Apr 11, 2015 $28,579
Senior Behavioral Intervention Aide Nationwide Children's Hospital, Inc. Columbus, OH Jan 28, 2013 $24,787
Senior Behavioral Intervention Aide Nationwide Children's Hospital, Inc. Westerville, OH Aug 20, 2012 $24,787
Habiliation Aide Hoosier Care, Inc. Champaign, IL Oct 23, 2009 $20,384
Universal Aide Maria Joseph Manor Inc. Danville, PA Oct 02, 2007 $19,013
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Apr 21, 2009 $16,174
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Jan 11, 2010 $16,174
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Jan 07, 2010 $16,174
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Jun 26, 2009 $16,174
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Mar 26, 2009 $16,174
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Nov 19, 2009 $16,174

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Top Skills for An Aide

EnsureSafetyBehavioralIssuesDailyLivingSkillsSuperviseSpecialNeedsChildrenDailyLivingActivitiesCustomerServiceMealPreparationPersonalCareDataEntryVitalSignsLessonPlansMathematicsCrisisInterventionSmallGroupsPhoneCallsADLPhysicalTherapyIEPPatientCare

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Top Aide Skills

  1. Ensure Safety
  2. Behavioral Issues
  3. Daily Living Skills
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide support to the Teachers and Food Worker Assist Teachers with student activities Ensure safety of the children Provide daily parent reports
  • Generated incident reports as well as entering case notes on behavioral issues displayed by clients while in the facility.
  • Assisted Developmentally Disabled Adults with Daily Living Skills * Active Treatment and Recreation Aide * Implementation of Goals and Personal Support Plans
  • Supervised a sheltered workshop for mental health clients.
  • Work with special needs children from grade 6th through 12th.

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