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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Salary Range
€18k - €25k
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In Brief...

Classroom assistants work under the supervision of a qualified teacher to assist with classroom activities and learning programmes.

Knowledge

  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills

  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
  • Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

In Summary - Classroom Assistant

Career Sectors

Classroom Assistants typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Post Primary Education
Education & Teaching
Primary School Education
Education & Teaching

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The Work - Classroom Assistant

Classroom assistants are likely to be responsible for a variety of tasks such as handing out work materials (paper, books, paints etc) and clearing away after specific activities. They may help pupils with reading, writing or practical tasks such as painting. If working with very young children they may assist them in getting ready for activities like PE.  They may also have to tend to those who are unwell or who have incurred minor injuries.  
 
They may read aloud, supervise lunch times, class outings and sports events. They are responsible for helping to promote social awareness in the pupils and encouraging learning through play activities.  
 
Classroom assistants are part of an educational team and as such they will have to consult with other professionals such as teachers, social workers, therapists, counselors, parents and carers.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and mental disabilities.
  • Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
  • Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
  • Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.
  • Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, or supervised role-playing methods.
  • Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Interests - Classroom Assistant

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Qualities

As a classroom assistant you will have to be enthusiastic in your approach to work. You need to be patient and have good inter-personal skills.  

You will have to be on your feet for long lengths of time so a good degree of physical fitness is essential. You must be responsible and be able to follow detailed instructions. A good sense of humour will be an asset.

Entry Requirements - Classroom Assistant

Pay & Salary - Classroom Assistant

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €18k - €25k

Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Classroom Assistant

Employment has increased in this occupation, and is expected to grow in the coming years primarily due to the creation of additional special needs assistant (SNA) posts announced in the most recent budget.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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