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Become A Principal Investigator

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Working As A Principal Investigator

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $107,150

    Average Salary

What Does A Principal Investigator Do

A Principal Investigator is the primary person who is responsible for designing, conducting, and reporting a research project. They report to a designated official such as the department head or division chief.

How To Become A Principal Investigator

Most schools require elementary, middle, and high school principals to have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most principals also have work experience as teachers.

Education

Principals typically need a master’s degree in education leadership or education administration. These master’s degree programs prepare future principals to manage staff, prepare and manage budgets, set goals, and work with parents and the community. To enter the master’s degree programs, candidates typically need a bachelor’s degree in education, school counseling, or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Principals typically need several years of work experience as a teacher. For more information on how to become a teacher, see the profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators. Licensure requirements vary by state, but most require a master’s degree. Some states have alternative programs for candidates who do not have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most states also require candidates to pass an exam and a background check.

Principals in private schools are not required to have a state-issued license.

Advancement

An assistant principal can advance to become a principal. Some principals advance to become superintendents, which may require completion of additional education. Others become instructional coordinators.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Principals must communicate effectively with students, teachers, and parents. For example, when dealing with student disciplinary or academic issues, they consult with and listen to parents and teachers to understand the problem.

Critical-thinking skills. Principals analyze student test results and testing procedures to determine if improvements are needed. They must assess the available options and choose the best means to help students achieve better results.

Decisionmaking skills. Because principals are responsible for students, staff members, and the overall operation of the school, they consider many factors when making decisions.

Interpersonal skills. Because principals work with teachers, parents, and superintendents, they must be able to develop positive working relationships with them.

Leadership skills. Principals set educational goals and establish policies and procedures for the school. They need to be able to motivate teachers and other staff to achieve set goals.

Problem-solving skills. Teachers, students, and other staff members report problems to the principal. Principals need to be able to analyze problems, and develop and implement appropriate solutions.

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Principal Investigator Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    49.1%
  • Female

    43.7%
  • Unknown

    7.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    68.4%
  • Asian

    18.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.6%
  • Unknown

    3.0%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    36.0%
  • French

    14.3%
  • German

    6.9%
  • Hindi

    4.6%
  • Russian

    4.6%
  • Chinese

    4.6%
  • Japanese

    4.6%
  • Mandarin

    4.0%
  • Italian

    3.4%
  • Portuguese

    3.4%
  • Arabic

    2.9%
  • Cantonese

    2.3%
  • Turkish

    1.7%
  • Urdu

    1.7%
  • Swedish

    1.1%
  • Korean

    1.1%
  • Hebrew

    1.1%
  • Swahili

    0.6%
  • Lithuanian

    0.6%
  • Estonian

    0.6%
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Real Principal Investigator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Investigator Pharma Medica Research, Inc. Saint Charles, MO Jan 20, 2014 $275,000
Principal Investigator Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jan 01, 2012 $160,000
Principal Investigator The Research Foundation of State University of New Albany, NY May 23, 2011 $136,041
Principal Investigator The Research Foundation of State University of New York Albany, NY Jul 16, 2015 $129,533
Senior Principal Investigator Purdue Pharma L.P. Cranbury, NJ Sep 07, 2011 $128,485
Principal Investigator Arcus Biosciences, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $120,000 -
$170,000
Principal Investigator Research Foundation of Suny at Buffalo Buffalo, NY Jan 06, 2016 $113,950
Principal Investigator The California Institute for Biomedical Research San Diego, CA May 04, 2015 $110,000
Principal Investigator The California Institute for Biomedical Research San Diego, CA Sep 21, 2015 $110,000
Principal Investigator III Northstar Technology Corporation Silver Spring, MD Dec 12, 2012 $108,524
Principal Investigator III Northstar Technology Corp Silver Spring, MD Dec 12, 2012 $108,524
Principal Investigator The Research Foundation of State University of New Albany, NY Jun 01, 2012 $108,333
Principal Investigator (Biochemist) Millipore Corporation Saint Charles, MO Sep 10, 2010 $100,464
Physicist/Principal Investigator Idesta Quantum Electronics, LLC Newton, NJ Aug 01, 2012 $100,000
Principal Investigator Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida Corp Port Saint Lucie, FL Jun 15, 2012 $100,000
Principal Investigator (Aerospace Engineer) Delta Group International LLC MD Jun 01, 2011 $93,915
Principal Investigator (Astronomer) Seti Institute Fieldbrook, CA Jan 03, 2011 $92,120
Principal Investigator The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Ho Columbus, OH Feb 01, 2012 $90,000
Principal Investigator The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus, OH Jan 07, 2016 $90,000
Principal Investigator The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Ho Columbus, OH Jul 21, 2013 $87,504
Friction Stir Principal Investigator and Lead Engi Aeroprobe Corporation Blacksburg, VA Sep 26, 2012 $75,000
Principal Investigator I Transportation Technology Center, Inc. Pueblo, CO Sep 13, 2013 $74,630 -
$121,129
Principal Investigator I Transportation Technology Center, Inc. Pueblo, CO Dec 16, 2011 $74,586 -
$119,338
Principal Investigator The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Ho Columbus, OH Jul 21, 2012 $74,241
Principal Investigator I Transportation Technology Center, Inc. Pueblo, CO Sep 13, 2016 $74,000 -
$121,129
Child Survival Researcher/Principal Investigator Population Services International Washington, DC Nov 30, 2010 $72,000
Principal Investigator The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Ho Columbus, OH Dec 01, 2009 $71,000

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Top Skills for A Principal Investigator

LaboratoryResearchProjectSafetyResearchProtocolDataCollectionResearchProposalPHDCellDiseaseLabIRBPhaseIIUndergraduateDataAnalysisEfficacyMedicineSpssClinicalTrialsInstitutionalReviewNIH

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Top Principal Investigator Skills

  1. Laboratory
  2. Research Project
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design and execution of laboratory experiments including budget and purchasing decisions.
  • Developed a qualitative research project exploring parents and caretakers experiences of involvement with adolescent mental health care for Medicaid recipient families.
  • Served on the OSHA Laboratory Safety Management Team.
  • Designed and implemented research protocol and measures.
  • Assess current data collection and reporting methods and developed proposals for making improvement.

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