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Social Science Research Assistants

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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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Perform descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.
    • Track research participants, and perform any necessary follow-up tasks.
    • Develop and implement research quality control procedures.
    • Prepare, manipulate, and manage extensive databases.
    • Edit and submit protocols and other required research documentation.
    • Perform data entry and other clerical work as required for project completion.
    • Track laboratory supplies and expenses such as participant reimbursement.
    • Conduct internet-based and library research.
    • Provide assistance in the design of survey instruments such as questionnaires.
    • Present research findings to groups of people.
    • Supervise the work of survey interviewers.
    • Perform needs assessments or consult with clients to determine the types of research and information required.
    • Collect specimens such as blood samples, as required by research projects.
    • Allocate and manage laboratory space and resources.


    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Active Listening

      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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.


    • English Language

      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.

    • Administrative

      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

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