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Social Science Research Assistant

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Social Science Research Assistants Career Video

About This Career

Assists 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.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Designs and creates special programs for tasks such as statistical analysis and data entry and cleaning.
  • Prepares tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
  • Provides assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Performs descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.
  • Verifies the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases, correcting any errors.
  • Develops and implements research quality control procedures.
  • Prepares, manipulates, and manages extensive databases.
  • Performs data entry and other clerical work as required for project completion.
  • Conducts internet-based and library research.
  • Presents research findings to groups of people.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Graduate Assistant
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Social Research Assistant
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Research Aide
  • Research Technician


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