Social Science Research Assistant  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assists 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.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares, manipulates, and manages extensive databases.
  • Provides assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Obtains informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.
  • Performs descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.
  • Verifies the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases, correcting any errors.
  • Prepares tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
  • Edits and submits protocols and other required research documentation.
  • Develops and implements research quality control procedures.
  • Conducts internet-based and library research.
  • Presents research findings to groups of people.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Graduate Assistant --
  • Graduate Research Assistant --
  • Project Director --
  • Project Manager --
  • Research Analyst --
  • Research Assistant --
  • Research Associate --
  • Research Specialist --
  • Social Research Assistant --
  • Survey Analyst --