Teaching Assistants, Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School
(Except Special Education)

risk level
Based on 108 votes
by year 2032
or $17.09 per hour
as of 2023

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary.


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Automation risk

56% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

41% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 56% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Teaching Assistants, Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School, Except Special Education will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary' job openings is expected to rise 5.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary' was $35,550, or $17 per hour

'Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary' were paid 26.0% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 1,337,320 people employed as 'Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary' within the United States.

This represents around 0.9% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 113 people are employed as 'Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary'.

Job description

Assist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher with instructional duties. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

SOC Code: 25-9042.00


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Riley (Low) says
Well they have to deal with children. And sometimes it can be hard.
Nov 28, 2023 at 11:56 PM
Aldrin Jon Madamba (Uncertain) says
Besides time, another key element of effective professional development for 21st-century teaching is the provision of appropriate materials and activities.

Teachers learn most effectively when the training activities involve actual teaching materials. Additionally, activities that are school-based and integrated into the daily teaching work of teachers prove to be more impactful.

Furthermore, the pedagogy of professional development should be active and require teachers to learn in ways that reflect how they should teach their pupils. Like students, teachers are less likely to change their practice as a result of lower-order learning activities that occur via presentation and the memorization of new knowledge.

Professional development is also more effective if teachers from the same school, department, or grade-level participate collectively.
Aug 17, 2022 at 02:53 PM
Naba (No chance) says
Teaching is not just a job. It's work to build a generation with empathy.

However, robots have no empathy...for now.
Jul 15, 2022 at 12:46 PM

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