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Post-secondary Teaching Assistant

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1-2 years post-secondary training

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What They Do

Postsecondary Teaching Assistants Career Video

About This Career

Assists 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.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Teaches undergraduate-level courses.
  • Evaluates and grades examinations, assignments, or papers, and records grades.
  • Leads discussion sections, tutorials, or laboratory sections.
  • Develops teaching materials, such as syllabi, visual aids, answer keys, supplementary notes, or course Web sites.
  • Informs students of the procedures for completing and submitting class work, such as lab reports.
  • Returns assignments to students in accordance with established deadlines.
  • Prepares or proctors examinations.
  • Tutors or mentors students who need additional instruction.
  • Meets with supervisors to discuss students' grades or to complete required grade-related paperwork.
  • Schedules and maintains regular office hours to meet with students.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Graduate Assistant
  • Graduate Fellow
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)
  • Research Assistant (RA)
  • Teaching Assistant (TA)
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)


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