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Become A Student Assistant

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Working As A Student Assistant

  • 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 A Student Assistant Do

The key role of a Student Assistant is to assist students in handling their academic matters. They maintain and manage student files in an organized manner, perform administrative duties regarding students programs, and interact with students and their parents on students’ academic progress.

How To Become A Student Assistant

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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Student Assistant Demographic

Gender

  • Female

    61.4%
  • Male

    34.5%
  • Unknown

    4.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    69.7%
  • Asian

    13.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.1%
  • Unknown

    2.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    45.5%
  • French

    11.9%
  • Chinese

    6.4%
  • Mandarin

    5.7%
  • German

    4.0%
  • Hindi

    3.0%
  • Arabic

    2.8%
  • Japanese

    2.7%
  • Italian

    2.7%
  • Cantonese

    2.7%
  • Vietnamese

    2.5%
  • Korean

    2.0%
  • Portuguese

    1.9%
  • Russian

    1.9%
  • Urdu

    1.1%
  • Greek

    0.9%
  • Tagalog

    0.8%
  • Hmong

    0.6%
  • Gujarati

    0.5%
  • Turkish

    0.5%
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Student Assistant Typical Career Paths

Student Assistant Education

    Schools

    • Texas Tech University

      10.9%
    • Wayne State University

      6.6%
    • Georgia State University

      6.5%
    • University of California - Davis

      5.9%
    • California State University - Sacramento

      5.7%
    • University of North Texas

      5.6%
    • San Jose State University

      5.6%
    • State University of New York Buffalo

      5.4%
    • Ohio State University

      5.2%
    • University of Alabama

      4.8%
    • Michigan State University

      4.6%
    • University of Florida

      4.2%
    • University of South Florida

      4.0%
    • Sam Houston State University

      3.7%
    • University of Colorado at Boulder

      3.6%
    • Stephen F Austin State University

      3.6%
    • University of Texas at Austin

      3.6%
    • University of South Alabama

      3.6%
    • San Diego State University

      3.4%
    • San Francisco State University

      3.4%
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    Degrees

    • Bachelors

      59.5%
    • Masters

      19.0%
    • Other

      12.4%
    • Associate

      5.1%
    • Doctorate

      2.0%
    • Certificate

      1.7%
    • Diploma

      0.3%
    • License

      0.1%
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Top Skills for A Student Assistant

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Top Student Assistant Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Data Entry
  3. Phone Calls
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed customer service skills by interacting with customers and working in a team environment.
  • Performed clerical duties such as typing, proofreading, data entry, filing, photocopying, and faxing.
  • Performed administrative assistance duties such as taking phone calls, replying to email inquiries and delivering campus mail.
  • Assist in setting up computers for faculty offices/computer labs.
  • Provided assistance to students regarding their Financial Aid application Assisted students over the phone with Financial Aid questions.

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