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Become A Research Associate

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Working As A Research Associate

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Associate Do

A Research Associate plans, organizes, and conducts research in scientific, cultural, historical, or artistic. They conduct literature, collect and analyze data, and recruit and/or interview new people.

How To Become A Research Associate

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. It is important for prospective biological technicians to gain laboratory experience while they are in school.


Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. Most colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in the biological sciences.

Biological science programs usually include courses in general biology, as well as in specific subfields such as ecology, microbiology, and physiology. In addition to taking courses in biology, students must study chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Computer science courses are helpful for learning how to model and simulate biological processes and for learning how to operate some laboratory equipment. 

Laboratory experience is important for prospective biological technicians, so students should take biology courses that emphasize laboratory work.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Biological technicians need to conduct scientific experiments and analyses with accuracy and precision.

Communication skills. Biological technicians must understand and follow the instructions of their managing scientists. They also need to be able to communicate their processes and findings clearly in written reports.

Critical-thinking skills. Biological technicians draw conclusions from experimental results through sound reasoning and judgment.

Observational skills. Biological technicians must constantly monitor their experiments. They need to keep a complete, accurate record of their work, including the conditions under which the experiment was carried out, the procedures they followed, and the results they obtained.

Technical skills. Biological technicians need to set up and operate sophisticated equipment and instruments. They also may need to adjust equipment to ensure that experiments are conducted properly.

Other Experience

Prospective biological technicians should have laboratory experience. In addition to coursework, students may gain laboratory experience during summer internships with prospective employers, such as pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturers, or in university laboratories.


Biological technicians may advance to scientist positions, such as microbiologist, after a few years of experience working as a technician or after earning a master’s degree or Ph.D. Gaining more experience and higher levels of education often allows biological technicians to move into positions such as natural sciences managers or postsecondary teachers.

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Real Research Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Volunteer Research Associate Apogee Medical Group, Indiana, PC Ann Arbor, MI Mar 18, 2015 $228,881
Associate-Research Goldman Sachs & Co. New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $206,232
Associate-Research Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Mar 17, 2015 $205,587
Associate-Intermediate-Research Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Mar 30, 2015 $205,587
Research Associate Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Feb 02, 2016 $200,000
Research Associate Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Aug 20, 2016 $200,000
Associate-Intermediate Research (VP) Goldman Sachs & Co. New York, NY Sep 22, 2015 $195,208
Associate-Research Goldman Sachs & Co. New York, NY Jul 24, 2015 $189,000 -
Quantitative Research Associate PDT Partners LLC New York, NY Mar 09, 2016 $185,000
Research Associate Doheny Eye Institute Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 01, 2016 $180,609
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Top Skills for A Research Associate


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Top Research Associate Skills

  1. Laboratory Equipment
  2. Cell Culture
  3. Lab Supplies
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed overall maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Experienced in cell culture techniques including basic cell culture, cloning of cell lines, and stable cell line production.
  • Supported and developed sourcing strategies, negotiation and procurement of lab supplies to achieve company's saving strategic goal.
  • Started off in Technical Support, aiding the Oklahoma and Indiana K-12 testing contracts.
  • Studied gene copy numbers on protein expression level by linear regression.

Top Research Associate Employers

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What Kind Of Companies Hire a Research Associate

  1. CoStar Group
  2. DuPont Pioneer
  3. University of California Press
  4. The Ohio State University
  6. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  7. Meltwater
  8. UMass Medical School
  9. Colorado State University
  10. MPI Research
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