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Considerable Preparation Needed
Your job is to 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.
Common job titles of Social Science Research Assistants include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
52.73% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
36.7% said they needed a Master's Degree.
Perform data entry and other clerical work as required for project completion.
Conduct internet-based and library research.
Prepare, manipulate, and manage extensive databases.
Recruit and schedule research participants.
Allocate and manage laboratory space and resources.
Collect specimens such as blood samples, as required by research projects.
Supervise the work of survey interviewers.
Track research participants, and perform any necessary follow-up tasks.
Administer standardized tests to research subjects, or interview them to collect research data.
Screen potential subjects to determine their suitability as study participants.
Code data in preparation for computer entry.
Perform descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.
Obtain informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.
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.
Design and create special programs for tasks such as statistical analysis and data entry and cleaning.
Edit and submit protocols and other required research documentation.
Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases, correcting any errors.
Provide assistance in the design of survey instruments such as questionnaires.
Present research findings to groups of people.
Develop and implement research quality control procedures.
Prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
Provide assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
ESRI ArcGIS software
IBM SPSS Statistics
Microsoft SQL Server
The MathWorks MATLAB
Online library databases
Video development software
Web browser software
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.