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Career Profile: Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary

Assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions by performing instructional support activities, such as developing teaching materials, leading discussion groups, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 155,800 people employed as teaching assistants, postsecondary in the United States. The median annual salary is $38,040. Entry level employees earn approximately $22,730 per year and senior employees earn approximately $62,260 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Assist faculty members or staff with student conferences.
  • Schedule and maintain regular office hours to meet with students.
  • Teach undergraduate-level courses.
  • Evaluate and grade examinations, assignments, or papers, and record grades.
  • Lead discussion sections, tutorials, or laboratory sections.
  • Develop teaching materials, such as syllabi, visual aids, answer keys, supplementary notes, or course Web sites.
  • Inform students of the procedures for completing and submitting class work, such as lab reports.
  • Return assignments to students in accordance with established deadlines.
  • Prepare or proctor examinations.
  • Tutor or mentor students who need additional instruction.
  • Meet with supervisors to discuss students' grades or to complete required grade-related paperwork.
  • Order or obtain materials needed for classes.
  • Copy and distribute classroom materials.
  • Notify instructors of errors or problems with assignments.
  • Complete laboratory projects prior to assigning them to students so that any needed modifications can be made.
  • Provide assistance to faculty members or staff with laboratory or field research.
  • Demonstrate use of laboratory equipment and enforce laboratory rules.
  • Attend lectures given by the supervising instructor.
  • Arrange for supervisors to conduct teaching observations and provide feedback about teaching performance.
  • Provide instructors with assistance in the use of audiovisual equipment.

Career List

Job Outlook

Total Current Jobs:
Annual Openings:
Increase in Openings by 2031:
Annual Salary Range:
$22,730 - $62,260
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree