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How to become a Research Associate

A Research Associate usually has a bachelor's degree in an industry-relevant field. At a minimum, it's typically expected that individuals will have completed coursework in statistics, research methods and marketing. Courses in communication, economics and consumer behavior are also helpful. A master's degree, like masters of business administration (MBA), may be expected, especially for those looking to take on a management or leadership position.

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What skills help Research Associates find jobs?

  • Molecular Biology
  • Research Experience
  • Laboratory Experience
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Culture
  • Western Blot
  • ELISA
  • Immunoassays
  • Research Laboratory Experience
  • Microscopy
  • Cell Biology
  • Mammalian Cell Culture
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Career progression for Research Associate

Education levels for Research Associates

2%3%19%27%49%High School Diploma or GEDAssociate's DegreeDoctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeBachelor's Degree

Based on the requirements of Research Associate 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 experience48k53k58k63k68kAnnual salary in USD

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

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Common qualifications for Research Associates

  • CRC
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Pesticide Applicator’s License
  • FINRA License
  • Securities Industry Essentials
  • Series 7
  • Certified Medication Aide
  • Series 63
  • CNA
  • OTR
  • Driver's License
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about career advices for a Research Associate

What qualifications do research associates need?

Research associates should have superior creative and analytical thinking skills, strong verbal and written communication skills and advanced planning and organizational skills. They need to have the ability to keep accurate, detailed records and have excellent attention to detail to understand laboratory equipment and procedures. Possessing solid writing skills, being fluent in English, and having proficiency in Excel and MS Word programs are all beneficial.

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What certifications are needed and available for research associates?

While certification isn't legally required for research associates, it can help in acquiring higher-paying positions. The Marketing Research Association administers the Professional Researcher Certification (PRC) to help an individual demonstrate professional competence. To achieve certification, candidates need to meet the necessary admission requirements, including additional education. Several professional associations offer industry resources and news, learning opportunities, and networking avenues for research associates.

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What career advancement is available for research associates?

Clinical Trial Lead or Project Manager are two roles offering career advancement for research associates.

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