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
- Research Laboratory Experience
- Laboratory Experience
- Molecular Biology
- DNA Isolation
- Western Blot
- Qualitative Research Interviewing
- Statistical Software
Career progression for Research Assistant
Education levels for Research Assistants
Expected salary by experience
Common qualifications for Research Assistants
- IATA Certification
- Certified Phlebotomy Technician
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Driver's License
- Pesticide Applicator’s License
- Certified Medical Assistant
- Forklift Certification
Frequently asked questions
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.