Career Details

Research Assistant


Career Overview

Research assistants can work in a variety of settings including businesses, universities, and the government. Generally, they assist with every aspect of various research projects by reviewing the literature, collecting data, inputting data, and evaluating the findings.


A four-year bachelor’s degree in any science-related field or math is required. A higher degree (master's) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable and may be necessary to obtain positions in some organizations.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$24,000 /yr
$43,000 /yr
$68,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Computer Programming
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Technical Writing
  • Math - as much as possible, including statistics!
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks excellent over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Make sure you do well in your undergraduate program so you can be accepted into a graduate program - opportunities are best for those with graduate degrees!

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Work Environment

Research assistants typically work in businesses, consulting firms, universities, or for government agencies.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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