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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.
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.