What does a Research Specialist do?

Research specialists have advanced expertise in planning, conducting, and analyzing research. They work in a range of fields, but are commonly employed in scientific, manufacturing, healthcare, and academic settings. Their research may involve the use of testing, experiments, modeling, studies, focus groups, interviews, or other information gathering techniques. They compile information, identify and analyze important discoveries, and produce reports detailing their outcomes and findings. They also establish research guidelines and protocol, and design and implement electronic systems for managing important data. They may also train and supervise others in employing research tactics and strategies.

Research specialists typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in their field of expertise, although some roles may require an advanced degree. They must have superior research and investigate skills and be highly organized.

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Research Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$52,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Research Specialist Career Path

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Global Adv Ops Hosting Specialist I
8 Jan 2021

“was my first time with webcam i had a job interview and it was great.”

Research Specialist
27 Jan 2021

“Gartner has really great people and I get along with nearly everyone I work with.”

Emory UniversityEmory University
Lead Research Specialist
16 Dec 2019

“Can be not a good place to work if your direct supervisor is hard to work with.”

Emory University School of MedicineEmory University School of Medicine
Research Specialist
5 Apr 2020

“Everyone I worked with was highly motivated and very intelligent.”

Research Specialist
13 Jan 2021

“Really smart and nice people to work with.”

COE Specialist I
2 Aug 2021

“Uber invests lots of money in employee career growth and many more which cannot express in words.”

Research Specialist
1 Mar 2021

“good work life balance is very good”

Department of Science and TechnologyDepartment of Science and Technology
Science Research Specialist II
1 Mar 2021

“Good Career Development and Best Technical Agency”

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