General researchers' job descriptions can vary greatly depending on the employer and location, though they are tasked primarily with researching online to gather information about a certain topic to benefit a business or other organization. This research can range from libraries and hospitals to social media and housing developments to obtain information that can benefit a business and help it grow.
Researchers typically work on computers in an office setting, but may also search for information in other locations such as libraries. They tend to work independently or in small groups depending on the tasks at hand, and may work underneath higher-level researchers and provide them with information on a regular basis.
An associate's degree in a computer-related field may be a minimum requirement for this position, and some employers require a bachelor's degree. Hours in this position are often consistent and in accordance with regular business hours, and the job outlook for general research is currently at 10% and expected to increase in coming years due to the rapid pace of advancing technology.
Researcher (General/Unknown Type) Tasks
Identify research directions and trends to guide processes and strategy.
Work with teams to identify and prioritize research projects.
Write publications and reports to communicate findings to diverse audiences.
Develop theory and algorithms to advance knowledge about the research field.