What does a Research Leader do?

Researchers work in almost every industry and are hired to recognize patterns and locate, analyze, and interpret data. They work in fields including academia, science, medicine, finance, and other sectors. Their workload depends upon and is influenced by their research goals. They cultivate information and gather data using the internet, books, published articles, surveys, and interviews. They interpret research specifications and develop a work plan that satisfies requirements.

Researchers analyze and interpret patterns and trends and record findings through written notes and appropriate software. They conduct desktop research and using books, journal articles, newspaper sources, questionnaires, surveys, and interviews. They maintain and protect electronic databases, write proposals, and deliver presentations. They report problems that arise to relevant stakeholders and follow a strict code of ethics by protecting confidential information at all times. A researcher needs a bachelor's degree in research or similar field-proven experience in a research field and a sound understanding of research methodologies.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Research Leader Salaries

Average Base Pay

$140,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$75K
Median: $140K
$172K
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Research Leader Career Path

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McGill UniversityMcGill University
Graduate Student Researcher
6 Oct 2020

“I personally had a research supervisor that was supportive of future career plans and was instrumental in my professional development”

University of DelawareUniversity of Delaware
Research Intern
2 Sep 2020

“I got to choose my own schedule and my PI and grad student were really nice”

UC San Diego HealthUC San Diego Health
Health Research
18 Nov 2019

“Everyone working there was really nice and went out of their way to help me and make me feel comfortable.”

Princeton UniversityPrinceton University
Research Intern
25 Sep 2019

“It is a fantastic place to work and learn from the best and brightest minds.”

All Across Africa
Researcher
7 Apr 2021

“The team was fantastic and I really saw how many lives were being changed because of AAA’s work.”

University of NSWUniversity of NSW
Researcher
19 Nov 2019

“I was a beginner and the team was very helpful to me as a foreign intern.”

Iowa State UniversityIowa State University
Graduate Student Researcher
10 Dec 2020

“Rotations are a great way to find out what kind of project and professor you want to work with.”

Downriver Commercial Real Estate
Researcher
30 Jul 2019

“the pay was good for doing computer work and the owner is a really nice guy.”

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