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Social science, arts and humanities researcher
Between 2006 and 2009, 2.2% of doctoral graduates, or 320 employed doctoral graduates, are known to have been working as social science, arts and humanities researchers six months after graduation.
Doctoral level social science, arts and humanities researchers are typically found as HE researchers at the start of their careers, although many enter research roles outside the HE sector, in the private sector in a range of settings.
Much of this research work is very similar in nature to the research work the new entrant carried out as a doctoral student, with an increased level of responsibility. As a result, most entrants into these research roles should have a good idea of the basic nature of the job and many of the key responsibilities.
Social science, arts and humanities researchers plan, design and manage research projects within their area of specialism. They collect and analyse information, using a variety of research methods and analytical approaches. Research findings are then presented in a variety of written and oral forms.
A variety of different job titles are used to describe this role, including research assistant, researcher, research fellow and research associate.