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Overview

In order to be a graduate teaching assistant, one must already be enrolled in a graduate program, and apply for an assistantship. Not all students who apply are accepted. Many universities that do offer assistantships only offer a limited number; therefore the competition is steep. Those that are accepted will work as an assistant in addition to taking their own classes. Once a student graduates from his/her program, they will no longer be eligible to be a graduate teaching assistant.

What are Graduate Teaching Assistants like?

Investigative

Based on our pool of users, graduate teaching assistants tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Graduate Teaching Assistants by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 395 Sokanu users

Are Graduate Teaching Assistants happy?

70%Happy

Graduate teaching assistants rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 70th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Graduate Teaching Assistants

The most common degree held by graduate teaching assistants is English Literature. 9% of graduate teaching assistants had a degree in english literature before becoming graduate teaching assistants. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Psychology graduates are the second most common among graduate teaching assistants, representing 8% of graduate teaching assistants in the Sokanu user base, which is 1.4 times the average.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Graduate Teaching Assistant, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of graduate teaching assistants % of population Multiple
English Literature 9.1% 4.2% 2.2×
Psychology 8.3% 5.9% 1.4×
Biology 4.3% 3.2% 1.3×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 3.8% 1.4% 2.8×
History 3.5% 2.0% 1.8×
Chemistry 3.5% 0.9% 3.9×
Anthropology And Archeology 3.0% 1.1% 2.7×
Physics 3.0% 0.9% 3.2×
Computer Science 2.3% 2.6% 0.9×
Mathematics 2.3% 1.7% 1.4×
Community And Public Health 2.0% 0.7% 2.9×
Political Science 2.0% 2.6% 0.8×
Women's Studies 2.0% 0.2% 10.2×
Molecular Biology 1.8% 0.4% 4.6×
Communications 1.8% 2.9% 0.6×
Foreign Language Studies 1.8% 1.1% 1.6×
Sociology 1.8% 1.8% 1.0×
Business Management And Administration 1.5% 5.8% 0.3×
Teacher Education 1.5% 0.7% 2.3×
Economics 1.5% 3.4% 0.4×
Neuroscience 1.3% 0.5% 2.8×
Electrical Engineering 1.3% 0.8% 1.6×
Liberal Arts 1.3% 1.6% 0.8×
Drama 1.0% 0.9% 1.1×
Music 1.0% 0.7% 1.4×
Studio Arts 1.0% 0.5% 2.2×
Environmental Science 1.0% 0.9% 1.1×
Biochemical Sciences 1.0% 0.5% 2.1×
Information Systems 1.0% 0.5% 2.0×
Applied Mathematics 1.0% 0.3% 3.0×
Computer Engineering 1.0% 0.5% 1.9×
Mechanical Engineering 1.0% 1.6% 0.6×
Geography 1.0% 0.5% 1.9×

Graduate Teaching Assistant Education Levels

44% of graduate teaching assistants have a bachelor's degree. 28% of graduate teaching assistants have a doctorate degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 1%
Associate's degree 0%
Bachelor's degree 44%
Master's degree 27%
Doctorate degree 28%

How to Become a Graduate Teaching Assistant

Think you might be interested in becoming a Graduate Teaching Assistant? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

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  2. Get the Education

    • George Washington University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Associates, Bachelors
    • Georgetown University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Johns Hopkins University | Baltimore, MD
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Associates, Bachelors
    • American University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
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Should I be a Graduate Teaching Assistant?

Think you might be interested in becoming a Graduate Teaching Assistant? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good graduate teaching assistant? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

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  2. Get the Education

    • George Washington University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Associates, Bachelors
    • Georgetown University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Johns Hopkins University | Baltimore, MD
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Associates, Bachelors
    • American University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
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