What does a Research Assistant/Research Associate do?
Professors and scientists who conduct large research projects at universities and colleges often need help completing the large amount of research involved in their studies. Research assistants are the ones who do most of the experimentation and data-gathering in these large scientific and medical studies. As a research assistant, you're guided by the head of research to perform experiments and collect data essential to the study. You may also responsible for some administrative assistant duties in. Current graduate students often become research assistants while they finish their studies, and research assistants may eventually become professors or researchers themselves.
A bachelor's degree in a related field of study is usually required. Research assistants must also understand lab safety and techniques. They must have sufficient relative experience to be able to perform research independently and without major guidance.
Research Assistant/Research Associate Salaries
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Research Assistant/Research Associate Career Path
Learn how to become a Research Assistant/Research Associate, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.