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GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Reaching Out And Wanting To Help

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As a graduate assistant, you work with the professors in the field of Social Science, such as Psychology and Counseling professors. It is important to enjoy researching and understanding cultures, with a strong desire to help others and make a difference.

Degree: Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions - Counseling and Guidance - Psychology
Job Title: Social Science Graduate Assistant
Employer: St. Thompson University

Job Summary: Graduate Teaching Assistants

Job Description

Graduate Teaching Assistants assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions 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 teaching assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$27,000 - $35,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
8 to 14 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time, Irregular, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Leadership ability, Networking, Organizational skills, People skills, Public speaking ability, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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