As a social researcher, you’ll design and implement research projects with the goal of improving outcomes for the community.
Your future role
Social research is generally academic, and has a long-term goal of benefiting the community. Some positions require applicants to have an honours degree in psychology; others require a minimum of an undergraduate degree in psychology or a relevant field. Specific tasks may include:
- recruiting research participants and liaising with these participants in a range of settings, including hospitals, clinics etc.
- applying research techniques to gather information, including document analysis, surveys, case studies and interviews
- using quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies to design and manage research projects
- developing, implementing and evaluating research projects within a specific team or organisation
- presenting research findings both verbally and in written formats.
Skills and experience
The skills and experience that will help get you started in this role include:
- ability to gather and synthesise data
- clear and effective writing skills in a range of styles, including progress reports, published documents and presentations
- effective time management and project management skills, including the ability to summarise, document and reflect on progress
- ability to show initiative, work independently and be self-reliant
- good critical thinking and reasoning skills, including the ability to develop theoretical concepts
- ability to develop and maintain cooperative networks and working relationships.
Qualifications and requirements
For this role you'll need qualifications and requirements that include:
- undergraduate qualifications in marketing, psychology, human resources, business or economics
- experience in using SPSS (Statistical Packaging for the Social Sciences) or similar
- experience in both qualitative and quantitative research.
There are many employers in this area, both in the public and private sectors. Social research assistants are often needed to work on projects within university and hospital settings as well as other organisations, including local government, not-for-profits and private companies. Possible employers might include: