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 Job Titles in Education -- Teacher Aides (Teaching Assistant)
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Teacher Aides (Teaching Assistant)

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Job Description:   Teacher Aides work with students in the classroom and assist teachers. Teacher Aides record grades, set up equipment, distribute school supplies, operate duplicating machines to copy classroom materials, assist students individually or in small groups, maintain health records, distribute books, and arrange displays. Aides may also supervise students during lunch and recreation periods, and during school activities. Teacher Aides may also type and file teaching materials.

Wages - Statewide:  

To give you an idea of how much you might earn, we have given you the average yearly wages for this career throughout California. Wages can vary greatly in different parts of the State.
  Yearly Average Wages:  30,101

  Source: California Occupational Employment and Wage Data, 2010

Job Openings:  

An average of 5580 job openings will be available statewide per year. The number of openings includes both new jobs and replacement openings as workers leave the occupation.

Source: California Occupational Employment Projections 2008 - 2018

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Basic Job Requirements:

  1. High school graduate
  2. College course work sometimes required
  3. Must pass a state proficiency test
  4. Good communication, writing, and clerical skills
  5. Enjoy working with students of all backgrounds
  6. Ability to handle classroom situations with fairness and patience
  7. Prior teaching experience preferred

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 Where to get training locally:   Training is primarily on-the-job. Some community colleges offer associate degree programs for individuals to work as Teacher Aides.

To find training programs in your area you can check the LaborMarketInfo Web site at www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/cgi/databrowsing/traProvidersSelection.asp?menuChoice=traProviders. Or, you can go to a One-Stop Career Center for assistance. (See "One-Stop Career Centers" in the "How to Find a Job" section.)

 Possible Job Paths:
 Teacher Aides can move up to Licensed Teachers, Library Technician or Assistant, Child Care Worker, or Preschool Teacher.

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