Classroom Assistants

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Classroom Assistants

Classroom Assistants - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, teacher aides:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction. They work with students and teachers.
  • Communicate by face-to-face discussions on a daily basis. They also write e-mail, letters, and memos, but less often.
  • Sometimes deal with conflict situations in which children might be angry or rude.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of children in their care.
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  • Often work as a part of a team of teachers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Mostly work indoors in classrooms, but sometimes work outdoors in schoolyards and on field trips.
  • May be exposed to sounds and noise levels that might be loud or distracting.
  • Are exposed to diseases and infections.
  • Work very near others, often within inches.

Work Performance

  • Must be accurate and be sure that the job is complete. Errors or oversights may delay student learning.
  • Sometimes make decisions that affect children and teachers. They usually consult a teacher before deciding a course of action.
  • Set some of their daily tasks and goals independently, but usually seek direction from a supervisor.


  • May work full time or part time.
  • Usually work nine months during the year and have summers off. May work in summer school.
  • Work a set schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.