Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Research Associate/Assistant Jobs

The following job announcement recently came across my screen.  This particular position might already be filled, but it gives you a good sense of a type of job that's out there for graduates with social science degrees.  Although there is no hard and fast rule, "Research Associate" positions often require a few years post-BA experience (or a masters) while "Research Assistant" positions are usually entry level (that is, a BA is enough).  There are exceptions, of course, so you should not unduly limit your search.  This AIR ad was for Waltham, MA but they have research positions in Washington, DC, Chicago and other places.  

Job Description: Research Associate

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is the leading education research company in the nation providing a continuum of education research, assessment, technical assistance and policy analysis from the school level up to the national and international levels. Our programs apply science to address real world issues on behalf of clients that include federal and state agencies, international development agencies, leading foundations, school districts and private businesses and our experts are a frequent source of information and guidance for policymakers, clients and the news media. We are currently seeking a Research Associate to join our Waltham, MA office.


  • Collect, compile, validate, interpret, and analyze data and trends using standard practices and techniques
  • Apply quantitative and/or qualitative analysis techniques and methods
  • Work on moderately complex assignments under indirect supervision
  • Communicate project support needs and requests to senior management and clientele, provide administrative support where applicable
  • Conduct literature reviews and write sections of proposals and deliverables
  • Responsible for maintaining and checking the accuracy of data for assigned projects
  • Utilize external resources to supplement, organize, and contribute to tasks and projects
  • Lead and organize content for focus groups
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in the social sciences or related field
  • Must possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently on detailed assignments
  • Experience with word processing, spreadsheet, and database software required
  • Experience with SPSS/SAS or survey research a plus

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, subsidized garage parking, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at To apply, please go to and conduct a job title search. EOE.

Salary Range: $40,000 - $49,999

American Institutes for Research
Contact:Teresa LaRocca
Address: 201 Jones Road Boston , MA 20007

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