We calculated that 10% of Researchers are proficient in Python, Communication, and Lab Equipment. They’re also known for soft skills such as Observation skills, Communication skills, and Analytical skills.
We break down the percentage of Researchers that have these skills listed on their resume here:
- Python, 10%
Implemented a EEG frequency modulation framework for analyzing peak alpha frequency in Python using signal processing algorithms.
- Communication, 8%
Developed health communication conceptual models and guidelines, leading to the company-wide implementation of an improved health communication strategic approach.
- Lab Equipment, 7%
Learned proper laboratory etiquette and proper use of lab equipment in order to develop an understanding of crystallized proteins.
- Data Analysis, 7%
Designed data analysis, sample collection and reporting processes to support the evaluation of ragweed pollen contributions to ambient particulate matter.
- Research Projects, 7%
Managed several phases of research projects including developing questionnaires, analytic plans and analyzing and preparing primary research reports.
- C++, 6%
Created a C++ program to model molecular Bose-Einstein condensates Published in Physical Review A
Some of the skills we found on researcher resumes included "python," "communication," and "lab equipment." We have detailed the most important researcher responsibilities below. Observation skills can be considered to be the most important personality trait for a researcher to have. According to a researcher resume, "medical scientists conduct experiments that require precise observation of samples and other health-related data" researchers are able to use observation skills in the following example we gathered from a resume: "collected more than 80,000 observations from the consumer expenditure survey; cleaned and merged several datasets using excel and stata. " While it may not be the most important skill, we found that many researcher duties rely on communication skills. This example from a researcher explains why: "communication is critical, because medical scientists must be able to explain their conclusions." This resume example is just one of many ways researchers are able to utilize communication skills: "experience in internet research and information gathering .strong communications skills and very detailed oriented. "
See the full list of researcher skills.
We've found that 71.3% of researchers have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 13.2% earned their master's degrees before becoming a researcher. While it's true that most researchers have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every nine researchers did not spend the extra money to attend college.
Those researchers who do attend college, typically earn either a biology degree or a chemistry degree. Less commonly earned degrees for researchers include a psychology degree or a business degree.
Once you're ready to become a researcher, you should explore the companies that typically hire researchers. According to researcher resumes that we searched through, researchers are hired the most by Facebook, Pearson, and University of Washington. Currently, Facebook has 57 researcher job openings, while there are 49 at Pearson and 30 at University of Washington.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, researchers tend to earn the biggest salaries at Renaissance Learning, The Citadel, and Meta. Take Renaissance Learning for example. The median researcher salary is $160,117. At The Citadel, researchers earn an average of $159,193, while the average at Meta is $156,474. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
View more details on researcher salaries across the United States.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at University of California Press, NIH, and Purdue University. These three companies have hired a significant number of researchers from these institutions.