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RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Helping Law Professors And Graduate Students On Their Research Projects

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Kiara is a Research Assistant at a law school working with professors and graduate students on their research projects. She helps by analyzing and coding data and was recruited to do this job after she herself was a subject in a research project. This job has taught Kiara the ins and out of research and how papers get published.

Job Title: Research Assistant

Job Summary: Social Science Research Assistants

Job Description

Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.

On-the-Job Training

No on-the-job-training needed

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$0 - $35,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Flexible, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Organizational skills, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='13290'>have</span> <span m='14240'>different</span> <span m='14660'>graduate</span> <span m='15010'>students</span> <span m='15300'>and</span> <span m='15410'>professors</span> <span m='15960'>doing</span> <span m='16120'>research.</span> <span m='17030'>And</span> <span m='17170'>then</span> <span m='17320'>as</span> <span m='17480'>a</span> <span m='17510'>research</span> <span m='17810'>assistant,</span> <span m='18180'>what</span> <span m='18310'>I</span> <span m='18400'>do</span> <span m='18530'>is</span> <span m='18680'>basically</span> <span m='19010'>I</span> <span m='19050'>come</span> <span m='19310'>in</span> <span m='19460'>and</span> <span m='19610'>do</span> <span m='19860'>any</span> <span m='20110'>of</span> <span m='20165'>the</span> <span m='20220'>work</span> <span m='20430'>that</span> <span m='20550'>they</span> <span m='20620'>need</span> <span m='20770'>help</span> <span m='21020'>with</span> <span m='21990'>in</span> <span m='22103'>terms</span> <span m='22216'>of</span> <span m='22330'>coding</span> <span m='22660'>data,</span> <span m='23050'>or</span> <span m='23100'>looking</span> <span m='23350'>at</span> <span m='23520'>data,</span> <span m='23940'>looking</span> <span m='24200'>for</span> <span m='24350'>trends,</span> <span m='24860'>patterns.</span> <span m='25820'>Any</span> <span m='26050'>extraneous</span> <span m='26920'>research</span> <span m='27390'>that</span> <span m='27810'>they</span> <span m='27900'>don't</span> <span m='28020'>have</span> <span m='28170'>the</span> <span m='28260'>time</span> <span m='28430'>to</span> <span m='28530'>do,</span> <span m='28680'>I</span> <span m='28830'>help</span> <span m='29300'>them</span> <span m='29530'>to</span> <span m='29640'>do</span> <span m='29780'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='30280'>I</span> <span m='30470'>was</span> <span m='30760'>part</span> <span m='31470'>of</span> <span m='31870'>a</span> <span m='31970'>themed</span> <span m='32070'>house</span> <span m='32380'>program</span> <span m='32770'>called</span> <span m='33190'>Casa</span> <span m='33270'>Mora</span> <span m='33980'>my</span> <span m='34110'>freshman</span> <span m='34430'>year</span> <span m='34550'>at</span> <span m='34650'>UC</span> <span m='34870'>Berkeley.</span> <span m='35650'>And</span> <span m='36220'>I</span> <span m='36320'>was</span> <span m='36510'>part</span> <span m='36700'>of</span> <span m='36760'>the</span> <span m='36840'>research</span> <span m='37340'>project.</span> <span m='38140'>And</span> <span m='38360'>so</span> <span m='38550'>for</span> <span m='38610'>that</span> <span m='38790'>research</span> <span m='39140'>project,</span> <span m='39530'>they</span> <span m='39630'>started</span> <span m='41390'>recruiting</span> <span m='41780'>research</span> <span m='42110'>assistants</span> <span m='42970'>to</span> <span m='43080'>help</span> <span m='43270'>them</span> <span m='43530'>continue</span> <span m='43920'>doing</span> <span m='44150'>their</span> <span m='44980'>next</span> <span m='45270'>research</span> <span m='45700'>projects.</span> <span m='46310'>And</span> <span m='46750'>so,</span> <span m='47140'>through</span> <span m='47530'>a</span> <span m='47590'>graduate</span> <span m='47970'>student</span> <span m='48370'>Michelle</span> <span m='48550'>[INAUDIBLE],</span> <span m='49085'>that's</span> <span m='49340'>how</span> <span m='49540'>I</span> <span m='50240'>started</span> <span m='50450'>working</span> <span m='50710'>for</span> <span m='50810'>the</span> <span m='50910'>lab</span> <span m='51170'>at</span> <span m='52000'>Boalt</span> <span m='52400'>law</span> <span m='52570'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='53080'>Basically,</span> <span m='53460'>you</span> <span m='53790'>get</span> <span m='54000'>to</span> <span m='54230'>see</span> <span m='54400'>all</span> <span m='54540'>the</span> <span m='54780'>dirty</span> <span m='55010'>work</span> <span m='55240'>behind</span> <span m='55640'>researching,</span> <span m='57470'>how</span> <span m='57740'>it's</span> <span m='58070'>a</span> <span m='58270'>procedural,</span> <span m='59080'>very</span> <span m='59740'>structural,</span> <span m='60540'>how</span> <span m='60700'>there's</span> <span m='60910'>a</span> <span m='60970'>lot</span> <span m='61310'>of</span> <span m='61740'>things</span> <span m='61990'>in</span> <span m='62130'>place</span> <span m='62670'>that</span> <span m='64330'>make</span> <span m='64650'>it</span> <span m='65110'>difficult</span> <span m='65510'>to</span> <span m='65590'>publish</span> <span m='65890'>research,</span> <span m='66460'>make</span> <span m='66710'>research</span> <span m='67030'>available.</span> <span m='68040'>We</span> <span m='68210'>have</span> <span m='68380'>to</span> <span m='68480'>cater</span> <span m='68780'>to</span> <span m='68890'>the</span> <span m='68980'>public,</span> <span m='69510'>and</span> <span m='69690'>I</span> <span m='70530'>had</span> <span m='70740'>previously</span> <span m='71150'>assumed</span> <span m='71450'>that</span> <span m='71570'>research</span> <span m='71795'>is</span> <span m='72020'>basically</span> <span m='72490'>interest-oriented--</span> <span m='73390'>whatever</span> <span m='73650'>you</span> <span m='73850'>do</span> <span m='74600'>gets</span> <span m='74760'>published.</span> <span m='75540'>But</span> <span m='75755'>it's</span> <span m='75970'>actually</span> <span m='77210'>a</span> <span m='77305'>little</span> <span m='77400'>more</span> <span m='77560'>structural</span> <span m='78130'>than</span> <span m='78250'>I</span> <span m='78350'>had</span> <span m='78780'>imagined.</span> <span m='79910'>And</span> <span m='80050'>it</span> <span m='80150'>takes</span> <span m='80340'>years</span> <span m='80680'>to</span> <span m='80800'>publish</span> <span m='81140'>a</span> <span m='81190'>paper,</span> <span m='81940'>years</span> <span m='82210'>to</span> <span m='82330'>complete</span> <span m='82620'>a</span> <span m='82990'>project,</span> <span m='83990'>and</span> <span m='84350'>there's</span> <span m='84530'>a</span> <span m='84560'>whole</span> <span m='84760'>team</span> <span m='85060'>behind</span> <span m='85360'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":345714,"video_id":"3125480173001","name":"1871-Kiara-p-ResearchAssistant","duration":86704,"thumbnail_url":null}});