Research Skills in Professional Settings

Sample Skills• Ability to conduct thorough and efficient searches using databases
• Ability to confront an enormous mass of data and select the elements relevant to the problem at hand
• Ability to multi-task
• Ability to translate technical language into non-technical terms (note: "technical," can prefer to any form of specialized language, and does not necessarily mean "scientific.")
• Ability to write quickly and concisely
• Ability to write to deadlines
• Analytical skills
• Computer skills
• Cultural breadth and sensitivity
• Data analysis
• Econometrics
• Familiarity with demographic data
• Interviewing skills and ability to summarize interview data
• Fluency in foreign languages
• Knowledge of how to use primary sources
• Knowledge of specialized research tools and collections
• Organizational skills
• Presentation/public speaking skills
• Project management
• Public opinion analysis
• Strategic thinking
• Statistical analysis
• Survey design and analysis

Sample Areas of Content Knowledge• Aging American educational institutions
• Culture and history of an ethnic or geographic area
• Electoral politics
• Environmental controls
• Impressionist painters
• International commerce
• Popular culture
• Population dynamics
• Risk assessment
• Telecommunications
• Transnational organization
• Urban politics

Sample Types of Research• Archives management
• Consulting
• Curatorial work
• Demographic research
• Development consulting
• Legal research
• Legislative research
• Location analysis
• Market research
• Policy research
• Program evaluation
• Public opinion polling
• Securities Analysis