Administration & Office Support
Research officers plan and conduct research, collect data, analyse information and write reports.
What does a Research Officer do?
Research officers plan and conduct research into a variety of issues or areas, collect data, analyse information and write reports.
As a research officer, you would:
- conduct research using a variety of online and hardcopy sources
- gather and fact-check information
- interact with a wide variety of people when gathering and collating information
- study statistics, trends, scientific samples or other types of data
- write reports and present information in a clear and concise manner
- carry out routine administrative duties
- submit grants for funding in order to undertake further research.
Key skills and interests
To become a research officer, you would need:
- strong research and analytical skills
- creativity and curiosity
- excellent written and oral communication skills
- accuracy and strong attention to detail
- the ability to work to project deadlines
- strong organisational ability.
Working hours and conditions
You will usually work normal office hours, Monday to Friday. There may be some overtime necessary when project deadlines are close.
Research officers work in a wide variety of areas, including economics, education, government, science and medicine, business, law, social sciences and the arts.
Research officers are usually office-based, although you may spend time outside the office meeting with members of the public and interest groups, or collecting data in the field.
How to become an Research Officer?
Entry Level Education
To become a research officer, you usually have to complete a degree with a major that is relevant to the field in which you wish to conduct research. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. At school, you should study english, mathematics, and subjects appropriate to the research field in which you want to work eg. science or economics.
Employment of research officers is expected to remain neutral.
Overall employment for this occupation is strongly related to the funding available for new research.