Research assistants help collect and analyze data. By and large, a research assistant spends time working on a specific piece of a larger project. The research assistant is supervised by a head researcher. Sometimes a research assistant performs clerical duties and/or cleans laboratory equipment.
Skill Sets: Research assistants must have a strong eye for detail and be able to flawlessly record information. Depending upon the project, research assistant may need to be able to read and retain information with high accuracy.
Education: Education for research assistants vary, but oftentimes they must be pursuing or possess a four year degree in the field they are working in. Graduate studies are highly encouraged for research assistants. Research assistants should take courses in the field they are studying to gain expertise.
Career Path: Many research assistants acquire their first job while pursuing an undergraduate degree. Universities often trade credit, tuition waivers or stipends for students to work as research assistants.
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