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Social Science Research Assistants

Also called: Research Assistant, Research Specialist, Research Associate, Research Analyst

What they do:
Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare, manipulate, and manage extensive databases.
  • Provide assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Obtain informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Business
  • administrative services
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS software
  • SPSS software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Access
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Graphics software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$38,310
per year, on average
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