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Career Details :: Graduate Teaching Assistants
Assist department chairperson, faculty members, or other professional staff members in college or university 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 assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as laboratory research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed.
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required for these occupations. However, many also require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
- Develops teaching materials, such as syllabi and visual aids.
- Assists faculty member or staff with student conferences.
- Teaches lower-level courses.
- Assists library staff in maintaining library collection.
- Assists faculty member or staff with laboratory or field research.
- Prepares and gives examinations.
- Grades examinations and papers.
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General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Teaching Others
- Establishing & Maintaining Relationships
- Documenting/Recording Information
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Provide a Service to Others