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Teaching Assistant/Aide Major

Teaching assistants is a major that typically falls into the Education category.

There are 138 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in teaching assistants, 4 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 3 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting a Teaching Assistants Degree?

Teaching assistants is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #325 in popularity. About 0 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. The major attracts more women than men. About 75% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of teaching assistants majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 0%
  • Black or African American: 0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 0%
  • White: 100%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0%
  • Other Races: 0%
Teaching Assistant/Aide Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in teaching assistants. About 0% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending teaching assistants majors to the U.S. are Saudi Arabia, China and Costa Rica.

What Will You Learn as a Teaching Assistant/Aide Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to teaching assistants to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Teaching Assistants Majors

Teaching assistants majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Teaching Assistant/Aide Majors

Skills for Teaching Assistants Majors

When studying teaching assistants, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Teaching Assistant/Aide Majors

Abilities for Teaching Assistants Majors

As a teaching assistants major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

Important Abilities for teaching assistants Majors

What Can You Do With a Teaching Assistants Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with teaching assistants:

Careers Related to Teaching Assistant/Aide
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors



Teacher Assistants



Teaching Assistant/Aide Major Salary

Average salaries range from $29,000 to $58,000 for careers related to teaching assistants. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Teaching Assistants Major  ( 29000 to 58000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Teaching Assistant/Aide Major Jobs

Some careers associated with teaching assistants may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for teaching assistants careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Teaching Assistant/Aide
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Teaching Assistant/Aide Programs

There are 4 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in teaching assistants, with 1 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is a Teaching Assistant/Aide Major Worth It?

The median salary for a teaching assistants grad is $29,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is -26% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $-203,000 after 20 years!

teaching assistants salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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