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Education Aides

ANZSCO ID 4221

Overview

All Education Aides

  • $1,094 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • 110,300 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 22% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 90% female Gender Share

Education Aides perform non-teaching duties to assist teaching staff in schools, provide care and supervision for children in preschools, and provide assistance to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students and their teachers.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in education support, early childhood or school age education and care to work as an Education Aide. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Tasks
  • demonstrating, supervising and participating in activities which enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in schools and preschool centres
  • preparing indoor and outdoor areas for learning and recreational activities
  • assisting children with intellectual, physical and behavioural difficulties with their academic studies
  • assisting children individually to learn social skills
  • assisting with preparing teaching aids, and copying and collating written and printed material
  • distributing and collecting lesson material
  • providing assistance to small groups of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students
  • providing home-school liaison and counselling for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students and their families

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate III or IV in education support, early childhood or school age education and care to work as an Education Aide. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Registration or licencing may be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Community Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Education Aides who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well as part of a team and are motivated.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Psychology

    50% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  2. Education and training

    50% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Customer and personal service

    49% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English language

    49% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Computers and electronics

    40% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  6. Clerical

    39% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  7. Mathematics

    36% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Sociology and anthropology

    36% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  9. Therapy and counselling

    36% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  10. Geography

    35% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  11. History and archeology

    30% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  12. Communications and media

    29% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  13. Public safety and security

    28% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Law and government

    27% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Philosophy and theology

    27% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  16. Medicine and dentistry

    20% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  17. Administration and management

    19% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  18. Fine arts

    14% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  19. Transportation

    13% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Telecommunications

    11% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Learning strategies

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  2. Active listening

    46% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  5. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  6. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  10. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Active learning

    41% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  13. Persuasion

    39% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  14. Complex problem solving

    37% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  15. Time management

    36% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  16. Negotiation

    34% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  17. Judgment and decision making

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  18. Systems analysis

    29% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    25% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Quality control analysis

    20% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  4. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  5. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  8. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Written expression

    45% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  10. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  13. Brainstorming

    41% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  14. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  15. Originality

    41% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  16. Selective attention

    37% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    32% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Memorization

    30% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  19. Multitasking

    30% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  20. Perceptual speed

    30% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Building good relationships

    67% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  3. Helping and caring for others

    57% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    56% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Communicating within a team

    55% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Thinking creatively

    52% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    47% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Researching and investigating

    47% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  9. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    46% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  10. Coaching and developing others

    45% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    44% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  12. Coordinating the work of a team

    44% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  13. Training and teaching others

    43% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  14. Coming up with systems and processes

    42% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  15. Scheduling work and activities

    42% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  16. Explaining things to people

    41% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  17. Documenting or recording information

    40% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    40% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  19. Working with computers

    38% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Assessing and evaluating things

    31% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-9041.00 - Teacher Assistants.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    94% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Teamwork

    89% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Physically close to people

    85% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Lead or coordinate a team

    76% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  7. Unstructured work

    71% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  8. Electronic mail

    71% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  9. Indoors, heat controlled

    68% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  10. Impact of decisions

    65% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  11. Spend time standing

    65% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  12. Telephone

    64% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  13. Contact with the public

    63% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  14. Letters and memos

    62% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  15. Frequent decision making

    60% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Disease or infection

    60% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  17. Conflict situations

    59% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  18. Being exact or accurate

    57% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  19. Time pressure

    54% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  20. Spend time sitting

    52% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    86% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Support

    62% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    100% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Creative

    52% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Analytical

    38% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  6. Practical

    14% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-9041.00 - Teacher Assistants.

All Education Aides

  • $1,094 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • 110,300 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 22% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 90% female Gender Share

Education Aides perform non-teaching duties to assist teaching staff in schools, provide care and supervision for children in preschools, and provide assistance to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students and their teachers.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in education support, early childhood or school age education and care to work as an Education Aide. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Tasks
  • demonstrating, supervising and participating in activities which enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in schools and preschool centres
  • preparing indoor and outdoor areas for learning and recreational activities
  • assisting children with intellectual, physical and behavioural difficulties with their academic studies
  • assisting children individually to learn social skills
  • assisting with preparing teaching aids, and copying and collating written and printed material
  • distributing and collecting lesson material
  • providing assistance to small groups of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students
  • providing home-school liaison and counselling for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students and their families

You usually need a certificate III or IV in education support, early childhood or school age education and care to work as an Education Aide. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Registration or licencing may be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Community Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Education Aides who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well as part of a team and are motivated.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Psychology

    50% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  2. Education and training

    50% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Customer and personal service

    49% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English language

    49% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Computers and electronics

    40% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  6. Clerical

    39% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  7. Mathematics

    36% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Sociology and anthropology

    36% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  9. Therapy and counselling

    36% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  10. Geography

    35% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  11. History and archeology

    30% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  12. Communications and media

    29% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  13. Public safety and security

    28% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Law and government

    27% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Philosophy and theology

    27% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  16. Medicine and dentistry

    20% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  17. Administration and management

    19% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  18. Fine arts

    14% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  19. Transportation

    13% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Telecommunications

    11% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Learning strategies

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  2. Active listening

    46% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  5. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  6. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  10. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Active learning

    41% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  13. Persuasion

    39% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  14. Complex problem solving

    37% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  15. Time management

    36% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  16. Negotiation

    34% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  17. Judgment and decision making

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  18. Systems analysis

    29% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    25% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Quality control analysis

    20% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  4. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  5. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  8. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Written expression

    45% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  10. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  13. Brainstorming

    41% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  14. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  15. Originality

    41% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  16. Selective attention

    37% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    32% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Memorization

    30% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  19. Multitasking

    30% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  20. Perceptual speed

    30% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Building good relationships

    67% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  3. Helping and caring for others

    57% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    56% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Communicating within a team

    55% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Thinking creatively

    52% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    47% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Researching and investigating

    47% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  9. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    46% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  10. Coaching and developing others

    45% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    44% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  12. Coordinating the work of a team

    44% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  13. Training and teaching others

    43% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  14. Coming up with systems and processes

    42% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  15. Scheduling work and activities

    42% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  16. Explaining things to people

    41% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  17. Documenting or recording information

    40% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    40% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  19. Working with computers

    38% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Assessing and evaluating things

    31% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-9041.00 - Teacher Assistants.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    94% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Teamwork

    89% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Physically close to people

    85% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Lead or coordinate a team

    76% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  7. Unstructured work

    71% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  8. Electronic mail

    71% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  9. Indoors, heat controlled

    68% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  10. Impact of decisions

    65% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  11. Spend time standing

    65% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  12. Telephone

    64% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  13. Contact with the public

    63% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  14. Letters and memos

    62% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  15. Frequent decision making

    60% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Disease or infection

    60% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  17. Conflict situations

    59% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  18. Being exact or accurate

    57% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  19. Time pressure

    54% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  20. Spend time sitting

    52% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    86% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Support

    62% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    100% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Creative

    52% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Analytical

    38% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  6. Practical

    14% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-9041.00 - Teacher Assistants.
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