Social Science Research Assistants

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.

Median Annual Wage: $39,460

Education: Bachelor's degree (46%); Master's degree (29%); Associate's degree (18%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Project Manager; Research Analyst; Research Associate; Graduate Assistant; Graduate Research Assistant; Research Assistant; Project Director; Research Specialist; Social Research Assistant; Survey Analyst

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Social Science Research Assistants.

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  • Provide assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Obtain informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.
  • Perform descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.
  • Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases, correcting any errors.
  • Prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
  • Develop and implement research quality control procedures.
  • Edit and submit protocols and other required research documentation.
  • Conduct internet-based and library research.
  • Present research findings to groups of people.
  • Perform data entry and other clerical work as required for project completion.
  • Design and create special programs for tasks such as statistical analysis and data entry and cleaning.
  • Code data in preparation for computer entry.
  • Provide assistance in the design of survey instruments such as questionnaires.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Social Science Research Assistants.

  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Social Science Research Assistants.

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