We calculated that 18% of Teacher Assistants are proficient in CPR, Child Care, and Mathematics. They’re also known for soft skills such as Interpersonal skills, Communication skills, and Patience.
We break down the percentage of Teacher Assistants that have these skills listed on their resume here:
- CPR, 18%
Maintained certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation(CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator(AED).
- Child Care, 14%
Dedicated child care professional responsible for maintaining a nurturing, safe and intellectually stimulating environment for a classroom of toddlers.
- Mathematics, 10%
Assisted a college mathematics professor in teaching a critical math course covering multiple topics including advanced algebra, trigonometry, and calculus
- Art Projects, 7%
Organized various educational centers and art projects.
- Instructional Materials, 5%
Provided clerical support including photocopying, preparation and distribution of instructional material, allowing teachers more time for planning and instruction.
- Learning Environment, 5%
Support a positive, achievement-oriented and structured learning environment so that students are excited about and invested in pursuing academic excellence.
"cpr," "child care," and "mathematics" aren't the only skills we found teacher assistants list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of teacher assistant responsibilities that we found, including: Arguably the most important personality trait for a teacher assistant to have happens to be interpersonal skills. An example from a resume said this about the skill, "teacher assistants must be able to develop relationships with a variety of people, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators." Additionally, other resumes have pointed out that teacher assistants can use interpersonal skills to "created class material for undergraduate course, interpersonal management, by creating lectures, powerpoint and exams. " While it may not be the most important skill, we found that many teacher assistant duties rely on communication skills. This example from a teacher assistant explains why: "teacher assistants need to be clear and concise in discussing student progress with teachers and parents." This resume example is just one of many ways teacher assistants are able to utilize communication skills: "maintain daily open communication with parents maintain confidentiality arrange a classroom environment in accordance to program goals. " Another skill that is quite popular among teacher assistants is patience. This skill is very critical to fulfilling every day responsibilities as is shown in this example from a teacher assistant resume: "working with students of different abilities and backgrounds may be difficult" This example from a resume shows how this skill is used: "demonstrated patience and understanding while implementing classroom management strategies. "
See the full list of teacher assistant skills.
Before becoming a teacher assistant, 49.3% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 6.3% teacher assistants went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most teacher assistants have a college degree. But about one out of every six teacher assistants didn't attend college at all.
Those teacher assistants who do attend college, typically earn either a psychology degree or a business degree. Less commonly earned degrees for teacher assistants include a early childhood education degree or a education degree.
When you're ready to become a teacher assistant, you might wonder which companies hire teacher assistants. According to our research through teacher assistant resumes, teacher assistants are mostly hired by ChildServe, Tucson Unified School District, and WCCA - Wright County Community Action. Now is a good time to apply as ChildServe has 84 teacher assistants job openings, and there are 40 at Tucson Unified School District and 23 at WCCA - Wright County Community Action.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, teacher assistants tend to earn the biggest salaries at University of California, Berkeley, Boston Public Schools, and Grand Ledge High School. Take University of California, Berkeley for example. The median teacher assistant salary is $37,294. At Boston Public Schools, teacher assistants earn an average of $36,054, while the average at Grand Ledge High School is $35,707. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
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Some other companies you might be interested in as a teacher assistant include ESL Federal Credit Union, Brigham Young University, and KinderCare Education. These three companies were found to hire the most teacher assistants from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.