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Working As A Coordinator And Research Assistant

  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $64,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Coordinator And Research Assistant Do

Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists. They direct activities related to research and development, and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.

Duties

Natural sciences managers typically do the following:

  • Work with top executives to develop goals and strategies for researchers and developers
  • Budget resources for projects and programs by determining staffing, training, and equipment needs
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate scientists, technicians, and other staff members
  • Review staff members’ methodology and the accuracy of their research results
  • Ensure that laboratories are stocked with equipment and supplies
  • Monitor the progress of projects, review research performed, and draft operational reports
  • Provide technical assistance to scientists, technicians, and support staff
  • Establish and follow administrative procedures, policies, and standards
  • Communicate project proposals, research findings, and the status of projects to clients and top management

Natural sciences managers direct scientific research activities and direct and coordinate product development projects and production activities. The duties of natural sciences managers vary with the field of science (for example, biology or chemistry) or the industry they work in. Research projects may be aimed at improving manufacturing processes, advancing basic scientific knowledge, or developing new products.

Some natural sciences managers are former scientists and, after becoming managers, may continue to conduct their own research as well as oversee the work of others. These managers are sometimes called working managers and usually have smaller staffs, allowing them to do research in addition to carrying out their administrative duties.

Managers who are responsible for larger staffs may not have time to contribute to research and may spend all their time performing administrative duties.

Laboratory managers need to ensure that laboratories are fully supplied so that scientists can run their tests and experiments. Some specialize in the management of laboratory animals.

During all stages of a project, natural sciences managers coordinate the activities of their unit with those of other units or organizations. They work with higher levels of management; with financial, production, and marketing specialists; and with suppliers of equipment and materials.

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How To Become A Coordinator And Research Assistant

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. Natural sciences managers typically have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a related field, such as engineering. Some managers may find it helpful to have an advanced management degree—for example, a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), or a Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Education

Natural sciences managers typically begin their careers as scientists; therefore, most have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a closely related field, such as engineering. Scientific and technical knowledge is essential for managers because they must be able to understand the work of their subordinates and provide technical assistance when needed. 

Natural sciences managers who are interested in acquiring postsecondary education in management should be able to find master’s degree or Ph.D. programs in a natural science that incorporate business management courses. A relatively new type of degree, called the Professional Science Master’s (PSM), blends advanced training in a particular science field with business skills, such as communications and program management, and policy. Those interested in acquiring general management skills may pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Some natural sciences managers will have studied psychology or some other management-related field to enter this occupation.

Sciences managers must continually upgrade their knowledge because of the rapid growth of scientific developments.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. While employed as scientists, they typically are given more responsibility and independence in their work as they gain experience. Eventually, they may lead research teams and have control over the direction and content of projects before being promoted to an administrative position.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not typically required to become a natural sciences manager, many relevant certifications are available. These certifications range from those related to specific scientific areas of study or practice, such as laboratory animal management, to general management topics, such as project management, and are useful to natural sciences managers regardless of the organization being managed.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences, such as scientists, policymakers, and the public. Both written and oral communication are important.

Critical-thinking skills. Natural sciences managers must carefully evaluate the work of others. They must determine if their staff’s methods and results are based on sound science.

Interpersonal skills. Natural sciences managers lead research teams and therefore need to work well with others in order to reach common goals. Managers routinely deal with conflict, which they must be able to turn into positive outcomes for their organization.

Leadership skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to organize, direct, and motivate others. They need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their workers and create an environment in which the workers can succeed.

Problem-solving skills. Natural sciences managers use scientific observation and analysis to find solutions to complex technical questions.

Time-management skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to do multiple administrative, supervisory, and technical tasks while ensuring that projects remain on schedule.

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Average Length of Employment
Research Nurse 3.4 years
Study Coordinator 2.8 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Coordinator And Research Assistant
Internship 12.4%
Volunteer 5.9%
Tutor 2.7%
Assistant 2.3%
Teacher 2.2%
Top Careers After Coordinator And Research Assistant
Internship 11.2%
Consultant 4.6%
Volunteer 4.4%
Instructor 2.9%
Supervisor 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$64,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Cambridge, MA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Coordinator And Research Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Coordinator And Research Assistant in the United States is $64,767 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $111,000.

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Top Skills for A Coordinator And Research Assistant

  1. Study Protocol
  2. Surgical Procedures
  3. IRB
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinate data collection activities across multiple study protocols, multiple interview schedules, reminder calls for interviews and rescheduling missed interviews.
  • Schedule surgical procedures at HealthEast hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
  • Assisted principal investigators in proposal preparation/electronic grant submissions, maintain IRB database, assisted with the supervision of undergraduate student assistants.
  • Managed the recruitment and data collection of a study examining the physiological and psychological effects of violent versus non-violent video games.
  • Conducted data collection and analysis on research projects for professors using programs sometimes designed by a departmental professor.

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Top 10 Best States for Coordinator And Research Assistants

  1. Massachusetts
  2. North Carolina
  3. New Jersey
  4. Connecticut
  5. California
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Maryland
  8. Washington
  9. Rhode Island
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Coordinator And Research Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

68.5%

Male

20.1%

Unknown

11.4%
Ethnicity

White

57.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Asian

11.5%

Black or African American

11.4%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.9%

French

19.9%

German

5.8%

Arabic

3.8%

Italian

3.2%

Portuguese

3.2%

Mandarin

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Hebrew

2.6%

Hindi

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Gujarati

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Swahili

0.6%

Telugu

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Balinese

0.6%

Indonesian

0.6%
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Coordinator And Research Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.2%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

7.2%

Wayne State University

6.7%

George Washington University

6.2%

Boston University

6.2%

University of South Florida

5.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.6%

Drexel University

5.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.1%

University of California - Irvine

4.6%

University of Utah

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

Florida State University

4.1%

University of Washington

4.1%

Columbia University

4.1%

Teachers College of Columbia University

4.1%

Wake Forest University

3.6%

New York University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

Walden University

3.6%
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Majors

Psychology

20.1%

Business

9.3%

Nursing

7.2%

Biology

6.2%

Public Health

6.1%

Health Care Administration

6.0%

Clinical Psychology

5.3%

Medical Assisting Services

4.7%

Social Work

4.1%

Communication

3.8%

Sociology

3.5%

Medicine

3.3%

Counseling Psychology

3.1%

Education

3.0%

Management

3.0%

Law

2.6%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.6%

Mental Health Counseling

2.2%

Health Education

2.2%

Anthropology

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

33.5%

Bachelors

33.2%

Other

14.3%

Doctorate

9.7%

Certificate

4.7%

Associate

3.5%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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