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Graduate Teaching Assistants - 25-1191.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions by performing teaching or teaching-related duties, such as teaching lower level courses, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers. Graduate teaching assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

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

SOC Occupation Groups

25-0000 Education, Training, and Library Occupations
25-1000 Postsecondary Teachers
25-1190 Miscellaneous Postsecondary Teachers
25-1191.00 Graduate Teaching Assistants

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
  • Assist other educational professionals with projects or research.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Create technology-based learning materials.
  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials.
  • Evaluate performance of educational staff.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Guide class discussions.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Prepare tests.
  • Schedule instructional activities.
  • Supervise laboratory work.
  • Supervise school or student activities.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment.
  • Tutor students who need extra assistance.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Instructor (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
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  • USMA, Professor of Army War College (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • USMA, Professor of Military Art and Science (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Graduate Assistant