We surveyed 4,069 graduate teaching assistants to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical graduate teaching assistant. Here are the results.
How much intelligence is required as a graduate teaching assistant?
Working as a graduate teaching assistant typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.
Can I learn to become a graduate teaching assistant?
A career as a graduate teaching assistant typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.
Is it easy to get a job as a graduate teaching assistant?
It’s typically difficult to find a job as a graduate teaching assistant. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for graduate teaching assistants.
Do graduate teaching assistants work full-time or part-time?
18% of graduate teaching assistants work in full-time roles while 82% work part-time.
Is being a graduate teaching assistant stressful?
Graduate teaching assistants tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.
Is being organized important as a graduate teaching assistant?
Some level of organization is generally required to be a graduate teaching assistant.
How competitive is the workplace for graduate teaching assistants?
Competition at work is not common for graduate teaching assistants.
Does being a graduate teaching assistant require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?
Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for graduate teaching assistants.
Are graduate teaching assistants allowed to express themselves creatively?
Graduate teaching assistants are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.
Do graduate teaching assistants have control over the direction of their work?
Graduate teaching assistants tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.
Is being a graduate teaching assistant physically demanding?
Work as a graduate teaching assistants is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.
Are graduate teaching assistants exposed to a wide variety of work?
Graduate teaching assistants tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.
Does being a graduate teaching assistant require attention to detail?
Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a graduate teaching assistant.
Does being a good graduate teaching assistant require compassion and empathy?
Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as graduate teaching assistants.