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Research Assistant Job Description

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A research assistant is a junior professional employed by an organization to collect, analyze, monitor, report and maintain information pertaining to the industry, such as competitor information, market research or scientific research.

Corporate Research Assistants

Corporate research assistants support specific business areas, such as equities or the retail sector. These professionals support a manager by compiling research materials such as periodicals and business dossiers, maintaining research databases and carrying out various administrative tasks.

Academic/Scientific Research Assistants

Within educational and scientific environments, research assistants support the work of scientists and academic subject matter experts, coordinating studies and performing the administrative tasks required to complete projects.

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Work Environments

Within corporate organizations such as financial services, research assistants work in offices. In academic and scientific institutions, however, these professionals may work in laboratories.

Education

In order to become a research assistant, candidates must possess at least a four-year degree within a field of study that relates to the industry in which they will work, such as finance or education.

Compensation

In 2010, Indeed.com reported that the average annual salary of a research assistant working in the United States of America is $46,000.

About the Author

KJ Henderson has more than a decade of HR and talent acquisition experience. He has held roles at a Fortune 100 investment bank, a media conglomerate and at one of NYC's largest executive staffing firms. He currently heads recruitment sourcing at a major movie studio. He read literature at Oxford.

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