Research Assistant

What Does A Research Assistant Do?

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.

How Do I Become A Research Assistant?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in one of the sciences including chemistry, biology, psychology, or physics 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.

What is the Average Salary For A Research Assistant?

High – 68,000
Median – 43,000
Low – 24,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Research Assistant?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible, including statistics!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Technical Writing
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Research Assistant?

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

What Is The Future Outlook For A Research Assistant?

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!


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada