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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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 27, 2011 $65,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jun 01, 2015 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2011 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 10, 2018 $59,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 10, 2016 $55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 10, 2014 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2010 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2015 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 27, 2018 $55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 01, 2018 $55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 01, 2012 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 05, 2018 $54,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 31, 2018 $54,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2018 $54,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 15, 2018 $53,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 19, 2017 $53,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 14, 2017 $53,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 07, 2017 $53,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 05, 2016 $53,000 -
$63,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 21, 2017 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 02, 2014 $52,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 12, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2018 $52,000 -
$62,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 16, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 02, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 23, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 29, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 04, 2017 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 07, 2017 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 09, 2017 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2017 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2017 $51,500
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 10, 2016 $51,000 -
$61,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 30, 2018 $51,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 27, 2015 $51,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 01, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2018 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jun 12, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 20, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jun 19, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 15, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 04, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 01, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 06, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 03, 2017 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 10, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 13, 2017 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 27, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 05, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 10, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 20, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 05, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 13, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 04, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 09, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 17, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 21, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 05, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 15, 2010 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 07, 2014 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2010 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 07, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 01, 2009 $50,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 01, 2014 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 31, 2014 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 12, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 07, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 15, 2013 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 07, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 01, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 10, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 15, 2013 $48,000 -
$52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 18, 2016 $48,000 -
$58,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2015 $47,000 -
$52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 13, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 19, 2014 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 18, 2016 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 12, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 03, 2016 $47,000 -
$50,007
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 31, 2015 $47,000 -
$52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2017 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2014 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 22, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 10, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 01, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 05, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 01, 2014 $46,000 -
$56,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 20, 2014 $46,000 -
$56,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 10, 2014 $46,000 -
$56,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 03, 2014 $46,000 -
$56,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 10, 2010 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 03, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2010 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 30, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 15, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2012 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 30, 2012 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jun 02, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 01, 2012 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 14, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 13, 2012 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 21, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 19, 2011 $45,000 -
$55,000

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Top Skills for A Research Associate

LaboratoryEquipmentCellCultureLabSuppliesTechnicalSupportProteinExpressionProceduresDNAResearchProjectsRt-PcrTissueCultureDataAnalysisAnalyticalMethodsElisaDataCollectionSafetyHplcSynthesisCellLinesChemistryStatisticalAnalysis

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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.

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