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Social Science Research Assistants

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Technicians/Technologsts Other
Benchmark Title: Social Science Research Assistants
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Prepare, manipulate, and manage extensive databases.
 
Provide assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
 
Obtain informed consent of research subjects and/or their guardians.
 
Perform descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.
 
Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases; correct any errors.
 
Prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
 
Edit and submit protocols and other required research documentation.
 
Develop and implement research quality control procedures.
 
Conduct internet-based and library research.
 
Present research findings to groups of people.
 
Perform data entry and other clerical work as required for project completion.
 
Design and create special programs for tasks such as statistical analysis and data entry and cleaning.
 
Code data in preparation for computer entry.
 
Provide assistance in the design of survey instruments such as questionnaires.
 
Screen potential subjects in order to determine their suitability as study participants.
 
Administer standardized tests to research subjects, and/or interview them in order to collect research data.
 
Recruit and schedule research participants.
 
Track research participants, and perform any necessary follow-up tasks.
 
Allocate and manage laboratory space and resources.
 
Supervise the work of survey interviewers.
 
Track laboratory supplies, and expenses such as participant reimbursement.
 
Perform needs assessments and/or consult with clients in order to determine the types of research and information that are required.
 
Collect specimens such as blood samples, as required by research projects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Technicians/Technologsts Other
Benchmark Title: Social Science Research Assistants
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Technicians/Technologsts Other
Benchmark Title: Social Science Research Assistants
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Technicians/Technologsts Other
Benchmark Title: Social Science Research Assistants
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Technicians/Technologsts Other
Benchmark Title: Social Science Research Assistants
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Technicians/Technologsts Other
Benchmark Title: Social Science Research Assistants
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Call Center Manager
City Planning Aide
Clinical Interviewer
Clinical Research Associate
Computer Aided Telephone Interview Manager (CATI Manager)
Data Manager
Data Specialist
Economic Research Assistant
Economist Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant
Graduate Research Assistant
Historian Research Assistant
Political Science Research Assistant
Project Coordinator
Project Director
Project Manager
Psychologist Research Assistant
Research Aide
Research Analyst
Research Assistant
Research Associate
Research Coordinator
Research Specialist
Research Technician
Social Research Assistant
Sociology Research Assistant
Survey Analyst
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Technicians/Technologsts Other
Benchmark Title: Social Science Research Assistants
 
 
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