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Social Science Research Assistants - 19-4061.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Graduate Assistant
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Research Aide
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Research Technician
  • Social Research Assistant

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Administer standardized tests to research subjects, or interview them to collect research data.
  • Allocate and manage laboratory space and resources.
  • Code data in preparation for computer entry.
  • Collect specimens such as blood samples, as required by research projects.
  • Conduct internet-based and library research.
  • Design and create special programs for tasks such as statistical analysis and data entry and cleaning.
  • Develop and implement research quality control procedures.
  • Edit and submit protocols and other required research documentation.
  • Obtain informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.
  • Perform data entry and other clerical work as required for project completion.
  • Perform descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.
  • Perform needs assessments or consult with clients to determine the types of research and information required.
  • Prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
  • Prepare, manipulate, and manage extensive databases.
  • Present research findings to groups of people.
  • Provide assistance in the design of survey instruments such as questionnaires.
  • Provide assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Recruit and schedule research participants.
  • Screen potential subjects to determine their suitability as study participants.
  • Supervise the work of survey interviewers.
  • Track laboratory supplies and expenses such as participant reimbursement.
  • Track research participants, and perform any necessary follow-up tasks.
  • Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases, correcting any errors.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer standardized physical or psychological tests.
  • Collect archival data.
  • Collect biological specimens.
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
  • Conduct research on social issues.
  • Confer with clients to exchange information.
  • Develop methods of social or economic research.
  • Develop software or applications for scientific or technical use.
  • Develop technical or scientific databases.
  • Manage scientific or technical project resources.
  • Plan social sciences research.
  • Prepare information or documentation related to legal or regulatory matters.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Communication Strategy and Operations Planner (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Research Psychology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

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