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Social Science Research Assistants

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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.

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Currently Employed: 180

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $20.35 - $27.29

Typical Annual Salary: $42,300 - $56,800

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Design and create special programs for tasks such as statistical analysis and data entry and cleaning.
  • Obtain informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.
  • Administer standardized tests to research subjects, or interview them to collect research data.
  • Prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
  • Provide assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Recruit and schedule research participants.
  • Screen potential subjects to determine their suitability as study participants.
  • Perform descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.
  • Track research participants, and perform any necessary follow-up tasks.
  • Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases, correcting any errors.

tools & technology

  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Scanners
  • Special purpose telephones
  • Tablet computers

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Office suite software
  • Video creation and editing software