Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: In the age of information, all kinds of businesses and organizations need to get answers efficiently. If you’re adept at finding the right words to bring up the information you’re after, you could work as a research associate and earn while you learn.

Amava Take: From technology companies to educational organizations to nonprofits, the skillful retrieval, organization and presentation of information moves the world. As a research associate, you can contribute to the success cycle by finding the data and information that spells progress. Sharpen those search terms and look up your passwords for your go-to portals!

From the Front Lines: 

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions? 

Motivated, detail-oriented people with sharp computer skills and curiosity.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

If you feel like you’re going down a rabbit hole, ask for clarification.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Often, it will be up to you. As long as milestones are met, there’s a lot of flexibility.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

It’s great to be on the front-end of a project providing leads to a team. 

How would you describe the hard parts?

It’s a big internet out there!

What’s the most interesting thing you learned while doing research?

Continental plates drift at about the same rate as fingernails grow.

Special Requirements: There are no specific set requirements, but excellent computer skills and a background in the particular field you are applying for may be helpful.

Related Classes: Research Methods for Writers, Merrill Ream Speed Reading, Skills for Making Great Decisions, Keys to Effective Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Data Science Certificate, Machine Learning Specialization Certificate

Finding a Position: Flex job boards list many researcher jobs, as do portals geared towards working from home or on-the-go. There are articles that reference other sources for research jobs as well.