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?


Based on our pool of users, graduate teaching assistants tend to be predominately artistic 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 620 Sokanu users

Are Graduate Teaching Assistants happy?


Graduate teaching assistants rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 69th 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 1.1 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% 4.9% 1.9×
Psychology 7.7% 6.8% 1.1×
Biology 3.8% 3.5% 1.1×
History 3.7% 2.2% 1.7×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 3.5% 1.6% 2.2×
Chemistry 3.4% 1.0% 3.2×
Computer Science 2.4% 2.8% 0.9×
Mathematics 2.4% 1.8% 1.3×
Anthropology And Archeology 2.4% 1.2% 1.9×
Communications 2.2% 3.3% 0.7×
Physics 2.2% 1.0% 2.2×
Political Science 2.2% 2.9% 0.8×
Molecular Biology 1.8% 0.4% 4.2×
Sociology 1.8% 2.1% 0.8×
Neuroscience 1.6% 0.6% 2.9×
Business Management And Administration 1.6% 6.5% 0.2×
General Education 1.6% 0.6% 2.8×
Community And Public Health 1.6% 0.8% 1.9×
Foreign Language Studies 1.6% 1.3% 1.3×
Economics 1.4% 3.8% 0.4×
Women's Studies 1.4% 0.2% 6.7×
Teacher Education 1.3% 0.7% 1.7×
Liberal Arts 1.1% 1.9% 0.6×
Humanities 1.1% 0.4% 3.0×

Graduate Teaching Assistant Education Levels

57% of graduate teaching assistants have a bachelor's degree. 37% of graduate teaching assistants have a master's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 1%
Bachelor's degree 57%
Master's degree 37%
Doctorate degree 4%

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