Teaching Assistant Employment and Working Conditions
Teacher assistants held 1.3 million jobs in 2010. They work in both private and public elementary, middle, and high schools. They also work in preschools, childcare centers, community centers, and for religious organizations.
In 2010, 76 percent of teacher assistants were employed by elementary and secondary schools and 9 percent were employed by child day care services.
Teacher assistants may spend some time outside, when students are at recess or getting on and off the bus. Those who work with special education students may need to lift them.
About 37 percent of teacher assistants work part time. Some ride the bus with students before and after school. Many do not work during the summer, but some work in year-round schools or help teachers in summer school.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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