Research officers plan and conduct research into a variety of issues or areas.
Duties & Tasks
Research officers may perform the following tasks:
- telephone members of the public, organisation representatives or special interest groups to gather information
- conduct research using a variety of sources including the internet, journals and publications or other relevant literature
- collate and write up the results of their research for statistical or publication purposes
- collect and analyse biological, meteorological or other types of data or samples for scientific study
- study long-term and short-term trends in population growth and health, in the areas of biological, medical and health research
- study the behaviour of animals for the purposes of zoological research
- study economic or social trends in order to assist development with the policy
- perform administrative, record keeping or statistical tasks related to research
- pursue funding for further research.
An operations researcher develops methodologies for analysing and solving problems in government, business and industry, often using mathematical tools, statistical analysis and computers.
Research officers can work in a wide variety of research fields, including medical, biological, educational, social, academic, economic, mathematical, legislation and human rights, human resources, business operations, the arts and creative arts, exploration and mining, communications technologies, logistics, information sciences, operations and political areas.
- enthusiasm for research
- able to analyse and collate information
- good oral and written communication skills
- able to work as part of a team
- able to manage workload and meet deadlines
- good organisational skills