Teacher assistantsDescription: Teacher assistants help children in the classroom and school cafeteria or on the playground and field trips. Sometimes they pay special attention to individual students or small groups who need more help with a subject. They help teachers by grading papers, keeping attendance records, typing, filing, ordering supplies, helping out in the computer lab, or preparing class lessons.Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/Complete Job Profile: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos153.htmSalary: \$23,001 to \$28,000 per yearComments:I didn't see anything that asks about everyday living. You use math to cook, to purchase goods, to use credit cards, to estimate time and distance, to manage your money and to calculate the odds of beating the next stoplight vs. the possibility of a police vehicle in the near vicinity...and that's all before you have to make lunch for the kids. Laz

There are 39 math topics Teacher assistants need to know.
 Basic Math / Algebra
Fractions
Decimals
Ratio and Proportion
Percent
Customary Measurement
Metric Measurement
Measurement Conversion
Basic Probability
Basic Statistics
Statistical Graphing
Negative Numbers
Basic Problem Solving
 First-Year Algebra
Using Formulas
Linear Equations
Linear Inequalities
Rational Expressions
Coordinate Graphing 2D
Algebraic Representation
 Geometry
Basic Terminology
Angle Measurement
Congruent Triangles
Triangle Inequalities
Parallel Lines
Similarity
Circles
Constructions
Area
Volume
Transformations
 Second-Year Algebra / Trigonometry
Functions
Variation
Sequences and Series
 Other Topics
Basic Calculator Use
Computer Use
Group Problem Solving
Mental Math
Inductive/Deductive Reasoning
Mathematical Modeling