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Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants

What they do?

Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Work with special needs students using techniques such as sign language, Bliss symbols or Braille

B. Monitor students during recess, at noon hour or during the day

C. May assist with marking of tests and worksheets

D. Assist with classroom inventory

E. Assist in school library or office and perform other duties assigned by school principal.

F. Assist students with lessons under direct supervision of classroom teacher

G. Monitor and report to classroom teacher on student progress

Where they find work?

1. Educational services - 98.0%

What education do I need?

1. To be an elementary or secondary school teacher assistant, you usually need a high school diploma.

2. You may also need college courses in childcare or a related field.

3. To be a teacher assistant who aids students with special needs, you need specialized training and experience.

4. Movement among occupations related to child and adolescent care is possible with experience.

5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
3. English
4. Social Studies

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants is $14.98/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants wages

Expected Wage by Age

Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants Wage By Age

Unemployment:

9% of Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants are unemployed. This rate is above the average for intermediate occupations.

Unemployment

Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($14.98) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

4. The unemployment rate (9%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average because increased government funding to education may result in the hiring of teachers/professors rather than assistants. Also, an aging population will likely mean fewer children in elementary/high schools--a trend that should decrease demand for the long term.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (72%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Child development

2. Music

3. Crafts

Part Time Workers

Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


54% of Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 86,700 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 44% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be above average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 0% of Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


% of the individuals employed as Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants are women. Compared to other industries, this is .