Social Science Research Assistants

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About the Job

Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.

It is also Called

  • Survey Analyst
  • Sociology Research Assistant
  • Social Research Assistant
  • Research Technician
  • Research Specialist
  • Research Scientist
  • Research Interviewer
  • Research Coordinator
  • Research Associate
  • Research Assistant
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What They Do

  • Collect specimens such as blood samples, as required by research projects.
  • Perform needs assessments or consult with clients to determine the types of research and information required.
  • Track laboratory supplies, and expenses such as participant reimbursement.
  • Supervise the work of survey interviewers.
  • Allocate and manage laboratory space and resources.
  • Track research participants, and perform any necessary follow-up tasks.
  • Recruit and schedule research participants.
  • Administer standardized tests to research subjects, or interview them to collect research data.
  • Screen potential subjects to determine their suitability as study participants.
  • Provide assistance in the design of survey instruments such as questionnaires.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Achievement and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $43,650 with most people making between $25,240 and $65,310

Outlook

0.27%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 370 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 380 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 1 openings due to growth and about 19 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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