Research assistant

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How to become a Research Assistant

Research assistant jobs usually require bachelor's degrees relevant to a specialty. Some research assistant positions require only an associate degree with on-the-job training. There are some working as undergraduate or graduate students. Exact qualifications for a research assistant will depend on the specific position. Most research assistants need to understand basic computer programs and have excellent communication skills.

What skills help Research Assistants find jobs?

  • Research Experience
  • Data Collection
  • Laboratory Experience
  • SPSS
  • Research Laboratory Experience
  • Statistical Software
  • Qualtrics
  • Microsoft Word
  • Writing Skills
  • Stata
  • Microsoft Access
  • Excel

Career progression for Research Assistant

Education levels for Research Assistants

5%8%12%13%63%Doctoral DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GEDMaster's DegreeBachelor's Degree

Based on the requirements of Research Assistant job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience47k49k51k53k55kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Research Assistant in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Research Assistants

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Research Assistant

Are there any career advancement opportunities for research assistants?

Yes, there are chances for career advancement for research assistants, especially if they pursue a higher degree. Research assistants can start at entry level jobs and gradually work into more prestigious roles. Senior level positions often require five or more years of experience and a master's degree. Doctoral degrees and having published work in peer-reviewed journals are helpful for supervisory roles.

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