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Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary - 25-9044.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Assist 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

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

SOC Occupation Groups

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

  • Academic Faculty Instructor (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Advanced Command and Staff School Instructor (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Education And Training (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education and Training Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Formal Instructor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Formal School Officer Instructor (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Instructor (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Instructor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Instructor Training Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Instructor, Academic (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Language Program Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Professional Development Instructor (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Graduate Assistant