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What is a psychology research assistant?

To put it into very simple terms, the job of the psychology research assistant is to assist fully-qualified psychologists in their research projects. This is a way for junior psychologists to get some first-hand experience with the job, while under the careful supervision and guidance of a trusted professional.

In order to take a job as a psychology research assistant, you need to have a decent understanding of the role, as well as appropriate qualifications. To land the job, you should aim to have a degree within a relevant field. You should also aim to have at least some experience with field work, and the ability to use data processing programs, such as Word and Excel, and experience with statistical analysis programs, such as SPSS.

What Is the Career Outlook of a Psychology Research Assistant?

As mentioned earlier, a job as a psychology research assistant is a great way to get relevant experience while simultaneously receiving tutelage from a professional, while also learning crucial problem solving skills. The career prospects of a psychology research assistant are strong, and the job can lead to all manner of career avenues.

This job can lead very cleanly into your next position, as the company that you are working for will gladly upgrade your position and status once they have a good feel for what you are capable of. You are more likely to be hired for a better position within the same company, as they already have a great feel for what you are capable of, so you don’t need to prove yourself with qualifications.

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What Is the Role of a Psychology Research Assistant?

Some of the initial tasks of an average psychology research assistant role may sound rather menial. To begin with, you may find yourself helping a professional to document their findings, and keeping their records in order. You might one day find yourself sorting their emails and correspondences, and another day you may be busy with photocopying jobs.

This work helps to lighten the stress on the professional who has taken you under their wing, and allows them to do exciting and groundbreaking work. As your experience moves forward, you will be able to offer your own opinions on the research being carried out, to help achieve better results.

As you move forward, you will also be invited to take part in the act of research itself. Your superior will have you recording results in real time as they carry out their research, and helping to keep track of the numerous variables involved. This will slowly develop a familiarity with the research process, which will equip you with all you need to engage with your own research projects in the future.

How Much Do You Make As A Psychology Research Assistant?

The average salary of a psychology research assistant is around $55,000 per year. This is a very healthy income for a novice role, and the pay can easily be increased and adjusted as you build more raport within the company, and as your position within the company climbs higher.

This pay can vary slightly, depending on where you work, but most psychology research assistants make well over the minimum wage, making it always a worthwhile and rewarding job.

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Associate Director The University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina US 08/07/2022
Advertised Job SummaryThe Institute for Families in Society ( IFS ) College of Social Work, University of South Carolina (UofSC), is seeking an Associate Director for its Integrated Health and Policy Research Unit ( IHPR ). This Unit is home to an interdisciplinary team of researchers, policy analysts, biostatisticians, data scientists and data visualization specialists who conduct research, evaluation, and policy analysis to support health care and delivery system reform specializing ... More
Research Assistant Virginia Tech Roanoke Area, Virginia US 07/27/2022
Job DescriptionA full-time research assistant is sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu and Dr. Brooks King-Casas at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion (http://research.vtc.vt.edu). Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (focusing on adults with mood, anxiety, personality, ... More
Director of Research & Evaluation University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina US 07/19/2022
The University of South Carolina (UofSC) is one of the Southeasts major public research institutions. Would you be interested in joining an award-winning urban research university? At UofSC, we emphasize work-life balance. With excellent benefits, competitive pay, and an exciting location, UofSC could be the place for you. Located in Columbia, SC, UofSC is only 2 to 3 hours from the coast or the Blue Ridge mountains. ... More
Associate/Full Professor of Pediatrics Indiana University Indiana US 07/09/2022
Position SummaryThe Department of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine ( IUSM ) is seeking an Associate/Full Professor of Pediatrics to serve as Associate Director for both Children's Health Services Research and the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research.This position provides strategic vision, intellectual and academic leadership, and administrative oversight to both groups, and promotes its mission to improve ... More
Part-Time Research Assistant Virginia Tech Roanoke Area, Virginia US 05/22/2022
Job DescriptionA part-time Research Assistant is being sought to support multiple NIH-funded projects in the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu (lab information) and Dr. Brooks King-Casas (lab information) at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion in Roanoke, Virginia. Projects in the labs are highly interdisciplinary and combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging and ... More
Temporary - Research Assistant (Pool), Job ID: 43103 University of Louisville Kent School - Social Work, US 03/26/2022
Job Description Job Title: Temporary - Research Assistant (Pool) Job ID: 43103 Location: Kent School - Social Work http://louisville.edu/hr/benefits More
Research Assistant Professor in the Child Welfare Education and Research Programs The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania US 03/02/2022
The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work invites applications for a fulltime, 12month appointment stream, nontenured position as Research Assistant Professor in the Child Welfare Education and Research Programs. The position is available immediately. Salary is commensurate with experience. The assignment is based on the Oakland campus in Pittsburgh and involves research and evaluation of programs located throughout the state. The School of Social Work at ... More
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