How to become a Research Officer

Research officers plan and conduct research into a variety of issues or areas.

Personal requirements of a Research Officer

  • 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
  • Proactive

Education & Training for a Research Officer

To become a research officer you usually have to complete a degree with a major that is relevant to the field in which you wish to conduct research. Research can be conducted into any field of learning but you could consider studies in arts, biology, economics, Indigenous studies, mathematics, medicine, political science, science and geology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

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