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Working As A Research Trainee

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

  • $45,355

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Trainee 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 Research Trainee

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 Biologist 3.6 years
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Fellow 2.3 years
Research Assistant 1.7 years
Research Trainee 1.0 years
Research Volunteer 0.9 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 22.1%
Volunteer 7.8%
Trainee 5.7%
Tutor 2.5%
Fellow 2.1%
Researcher 2.1%
Lecturer 1.8%
Cooper 1.8%
Top Employers After
Internship 7.5%
Fellow 4.1%
Scientist 3.4%
Trainee 3.0%
Volunteer 2.8%
Instructor 2.0%

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Research Trainee Demographics

Gender

Female

52.7%

Male

39.6%

Unknown

7.7%
Ethnicity

White

37.3%

Asian

34.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

7.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.7%

French

19.1%

Hindi

4.4%

Dutch

4.4%

Arabic

4.4%

Korean

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Swedish

1.5%

Marathi

1.5%

Gujarati

1.5%

Bengali

1.5%

Tamil

1.5%

Berta

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

German

1.5%

Persian

1.5%

Mongolian

1.5%
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Research Trainee Education

Schools

Northeastern University

8.5%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

7.5%

University of South Florida

6.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.6%

Cornell University

6.6%

Boston University

5.7%

Georgetown University

5.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

University of California - San Diego

4.7%

Johns Hopkins University

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Syracuse University

3.8%

University of Florida

3.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

University of Tennessee-Health Science Center

3.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3.8%

Colorado State University

3.8%
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Majors

Biology

12.9%

Biotechnology

11.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

10.0%

Chemistry

8.0%

Pharmacy

7.7%

Biomedical Engineering

4.8%

Public Health

4.5%

Psychology

4.2%

Microbiology

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering

3.9%

Biomedical Sciences

3.5%

Medicine

3.5%

Business

3.2%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

3.2%

Chemical Engineering

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Marketing

2.6%

Computer Science

2.3%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.3%

Genetics

2.3%
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Degrees

Masters

40.8%

Doctorate

29.1%

Bachelors

21.3%

Other

6.5%

Certificate

1.5%

Associate

0.8%
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Real Research Trainee Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Commodities Trainee-Research Noble Americas Resources Corp. Stamford, CT Sep 01, 2015 $59,280 -
$65,000
Post-Doc Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Manhasset, NY Aug 29, 2016 $56,954
Market Research Analysis Trainee Vinmar International, Ltd. Houston, TX Jul 31, 2012 $55,000
Market Research Analysis Trainee Vinmar International Ltd. Houston, TX Oct 20, 2014 $55,000
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Manhasset, NY Jan 13, 2014 $54,000
Research Postdoctoral Trainee William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, MI Mar 03, 2011 $50,714
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Nov 01, 2014 $49,884
Post-Doc Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Manhasset, NY Sep 15, 2015 $48,168
Post-Doc Research Trainee North Shore-LIJ Health System Manhasset, NY Jul 01, 2014 $48,147
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Manhasset, NY Oct 01, 2015 $48,000
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Manhasset, NY Jun 01, 2015 $48,000
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Jan 01, 2011 $41,566
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Jun 02, 2014 $41,364
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Jul 01, 2011 $41,200
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Jun 16, 2015 $41,000
Postdoctoral Researcher/Trainee The University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND Jan 15, 2014 $41,000
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Feb 13, 2012 $39,756
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Dec 01, 2012 $39,756
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Jan 01, 2012 $39,696
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Jan 01, 2012 $39,396
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Feb 01, 2013 $39,264
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Sep 01, 2014 $39,246

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Top Skills for A Research Trainee

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  1. Cell Culture
  2. Lab Experiments
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  • Conducted extensive research on Sickle Cell Anemia in children by studying, evaluating and reviewing Sickle Cell cultures.
  • Collected and organized data, and collaboratively authored research publication of acupuncture use at Mayo Clinic.
  • Conducted staining techniques for WBC, RBC and platelets.
  • Worked on rabies vaccine production from chick embryo and extraction of DNA and RNA from animal tissue and cells.
  • Performed X-Ray diffraction on crystallized SAP protein under high precipitation concentration.

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