Reason to Become a Teacher's Assistant/Paraprofessional:
You’ll be making a difference
This is a career whereby you have the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of children. They need you to help them get to where they want to be in life, so you will be very important to them. You will be a role model for diverse students who need support from people who look like them.
Variety is part of the job
No two days are the same. Every day will provide a different set of challenges to keep your work life interesting. You’ll be helping others learn and grow and through the process you will learn and grow alongside your students.
You’ll have a job for life
Education careers are recession proof. As you begin your career as a teacher’s assistant, you’ll enjoy work that cannot be replaced entirely by technology (as we learned during the pandemic.) You’ll be in demand all over the world for the rest of your life.
Meet lots of new people
You’ll work as part of a close-knit team and will interact with students and parents every day. On top of that you will be an important part of your local community as schools host a variety of events each year.
Earning potential is increasing
Our society has a whole new appreciation for teacher assistants (and teachers) as a result of living through the pandemic. Teacher assistants typically earn an hourly wage (average of $18.68/hr to start in the metro area of MN) and receive benefits such as healthcare, vacation/sick time, union representation, retirement benefits, 30-hour work weeks, promotional opportunities and much more.
Starting as a teacher’s assistant is a great way to begin a career in education. You can see what work in a classroom is all about and make connections that will support your educational path/career for years to come. Individuals with an interest in teaching can also pursue research, counseling, administration, library positions as well as many more.