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.

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What skills help Research Assistants find jobs?

  • Research Experience
  • Data Collection
  • Research Laboratory Experience
  • Laboratory Experience
  • Molecular Biology
  • SPSS
  • DNA Isolation
  • Stata
  • Biochemistry
  • Western Blot
  • Qualitative Research Interviewing
  • Statistical Software
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Career progression for Research Assistant

Education levels for Research Assistants

5%7%9%16%63%Associate's DegreeDoctoral 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.

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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.

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Common qualifications for Research Assistants

  • IATA Certification
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Driver's License
  • Pesticide Applicator’s License
  • LCAS
  • RMA
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Forklift Certification
  • LVN
  • RRT
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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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