Getting a research associate job.

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How did you get your start doing research associate work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

cgodric in San Lorenzo, California

93 months ago

These are some very interesting questions that I would like an answer to as well. I'm in the process of making a career change and this is the field that I would like to get into.

Karen in Montgomery, Alabama

93 months ago

I was working in research while I was in college so it was a natural transition to work there full time when I graduated. Many research associate positions do require at least a Bachelor's in the industry you are trying to work in.

The best part of the work was the people and the atmosphere. The worst was the actual research. When you need to figure out something and you don't really know where or how you are going to solve a problem, it can get very frustrating and time-consuming.

cgodric in San Lorenzo, California

93 months ago

Thank you Karen.
I currently have an Anthropology BA degree and additional science coursework to satisfy a Professional Clear Teaching Credential in the Introductory sciences, but by not having that BS in one of the Life Sciences I am at a disadvantage when applying for research associate positions. It is becoming clearer that I may have to go back to school to achieve this degree.

cchabr2 in Hammond, Louisiana

30 months ago

I graduated with a BS in Psychology and then got a MA in Psychology. A thesis project/research experiment is required to graduate. I also participated in research labs for experience and worked at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at LSU to gain more experience working on much larger research projects (greater participant pool). I'm on the hunt for a job in research as well, but even with my experience, hiring freezes are an issue for a lot of research facilities.

Good luck!

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