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Please CLICK on each title to reveal a new section. There are three sections to every profile; an extensive questionnaire "We asked" , an average day broken down in detail "A Day in the Life Of", and a place where you can ask the profiler a question directly in "Ask me." (You must register to use the "Ask Me" feature)

Researcher Career Profile— Female, age 25 (ID #1684)

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1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a Researcher do?

  What field is your job in?

Psychiatry Research

  What is your job title?


  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

Size of the organzation I work for: 75,000 employees General description of the organization: university

  How long have you been employed in this position?

2 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?


  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

I score, verify and input data into database from a 5 year research study.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.


  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.


  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)


  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?


2. Work environment!

  Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain

I work primarily independently. There are times that I have meetings with supervisors but not too often. I like my job except for the fact that I don't have benefits.

  Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?


  Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?


  Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it

I like my office that I work in. There are only 2 of us in this office and we get along pretty well. I have a great view of a big fountain outside of the window and I enjoy watching kids play in it. I dislike how cold the office is all the time.

  Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.

  • 1 Income
  • 5 Work Environment - co-workers
  • 4 Work Environment - supervisors
  • 2 Benefits
  • 3 Hours
  • 7 Level of responsibility
  • 6 The actual "work" you do at your job
  • 8 Job Title

3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?

  If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?

In order to get a job at this university, I would recommend networking. There are so many job positions, so many applicants but only one or two people actually get hired per position.

  What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)

Social skills: work with people within research field whether you meet with supervisors, co workers, or participants of a study, you're always seeing or talking to someone, organization skills: research oriented fields, you must possess some type of organization skills or all of the materials for the study will be lost or disorganized. Attention to detail is another big skill because each number, coma, etc. count in research.

  Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?


  What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?

Pay attention to everything. If you're not sure about something, ask someone because you don't want to redo something that you've spent hours on. If you come up with another way of doing something, ask the supervisor if your way is easier/better for the study.

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