While projects are in the planning stages, research officers and managers work with team members to identify project goals, research methods, variables, and other test parameters. They also choose how to collect data and offer recommendations on evaluating the project. Research officers and managers often make research schedules to monitor the activities of research teams.
During the research project, officers and managers usually review gathered research and analyze various sets of data. They might also interpret data and start writing reports. Many research officers and managers also verify that information on databases remains secure, as well as ensure that all team members complete their tasks and work cooperatively with the team.
Since research occurs in nearly every industry, research officers and managers often possess different academic backgrounds. Useful graduate courses may cover topics such as:
Data collection and analysis
Statistical computer software programs
Qualitative data research
Quantitative data sets
Regardless of industry, employers also require research officers and managers to possess significant computer skills. Professionals often need the skills to create documents with tables, figures, and other embedded elements. They also might be expected to make presentations with the use of technical visual aids. Research officers and managers must also understand how to implement security software protocols to keep research projects safe and confidential.
Since the position of research officer is a supervisory role, employers generally require several years of experience. Individuals can accrue experience by working as research team members. They also might get the necessary experience by running smaller research projects or working as a research officer assistant. Supervisory positions often require security clearance in various industries, particularly at government research facilities, so applicants may have to pass background checks before getting hired.