What does a Paraprofessional do?

A paraprofessional works to assist a teacher throughout their daily classroom activities. Some of the duties include helping schedule and implement programs in accordance with the curriculum as well as general classroom and clerical duties such as maintaining a clean and safe environment or printing and preparing educational material. The typical career advancement for paraprofessionals is to be a teacher following further education and certification being obtained.

Some jobs may only require a high school diploma while others will only hire paraprofessionals with an associate's degree. Depending on the State, paraprofessionals may need to pass a skills assessment test before being able to work. Due to the nature of the job, a strong passion for teaching coupled with patience and discipline is necessary for a successful career. Other important skills include exceptional communication skills and the physical ability to stand and walk for long periods of time.

  • Assist teacher with lessons and daily classroom activities
  • Assist teacher with paperwork such as reports
  • Communicate with children and help them understand lessons
  • Prepare the classroom setting to promote a healthy learning environment
  • Ensure classroom safety standards are met at all times
  • Monitor children with particular attention to those with special needs
  • Engage with children to enhance learning
  • Perform clerical tasks as required
  • Must pass a skills assessment test depending on State of hire
  • Experience in helping teachers in a classroom environment desired
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Good understanding of the educational system
  • Strong interpersonal and social attributes
  • Discipline and diligent nature
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about teaching
  • Patient with children including those with special needs
  • Ability to stand and move around for long hours at a time

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
21%
2 - 4
8%
5 - 7
0%
8+
71%

Common Skill Sets

Positive Learning
Writing
First Aid
Spanish Speaking
Toileting
CPR
Microsoft Word
Excellent Communication

Paraprofessional Seniority Levels

L2
Paraprofessional
$31,089/yr
L7
Director of Paraeducation
No Salary Reports
Language Teacher
10% made the transition
Esl Teacher
9% made the transition
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Paraprofessional Salaries

Average Base Pay

$31,089 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$21K
Median: $31K
$46K
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