Social Science Research Assistants


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+11.3% (faster than the average)


What Social Science Research Assistants Do

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.

Other Job Titles Social Science Research Assistants May Have

Graduate Research Assistant, Research Assistant, Research Associate, Social Research Assistant

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Doctoral Student ,

University of Washington

A mentor once told me "I know what I think when I read what I write." I spend most of my mornings writing about my questions and their answers. After writing, I meet with my mentors and peers to improve my ideas. I love having discussions that help me better understand the things that have been studied before so I can focus on studying the things that have not. I also take time to meet with my former students and mentees to help them in their journeys.

Assistant Research Director ,

Children At Risk

Sometimes I spend a lot of my day at a desk crunching numbers, reading studies, and doing independent research. But the great thing about Children At Risk is that we really orient our data analysis and research toward action and policy change, so we also interface with other folks working in the policy space often. We meet with legislators, other public officials, education practitioners, advocates from other organizations, etc. to build advocacy coalitions and help drive systems-level change.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Design and create special programs for tasks such as statistical analysis and data entry and cleaning.
  • Provide assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
  • Perform descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.
  • Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases, correcting any errors.

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