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Graduate Research Fellow

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Graduate Research Fellow assists with an academic research program or project. Works in a variety of fields within science or the social sciences, in programs based at a university. Conducts field or library research or recruits participants for a study; may also assist with legal research.

Job Outlook

There were 17 Graduate Research Fellow job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 709 in the United States.

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Salary

Many new Graduate Research Fellow jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $63,009.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $63,009.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Graduate Research Fellow postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $52,908.

Education and Experience

Posted Graduate Research Fellow jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree2.54%
Bachelor's Degree20.87%
Master's Degree36.11%
Doctoral Degree37.94%
Other2.96%

Posted Graduate Research Fellow jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years65%
3 to 5 years26.25%
6 to 8 years3.75%
9+ years5%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Graduate Research Fellow positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Research (57.4%)
  • Communication (27.36%)
  • Writing (22.85%)
  • Management (16.78%)
  • Teaching (14.67%)
  • Verbal Communication Skills (12.55%)
  • Leadership (11.57%)
  • Mentorship (9.87%)
  • Operations (9.31%)
  • Presentations (8.74%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Management (54.94%)
  • Nuclear Safety (40.34%)
  • Data Analysis (29.61%)
  • Public Policies (22.75%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Graduate Research Fellow skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Graduate Fellow
  • Fellowship Program Coordinator
  • Postgraduate Fellow
  • Fellow
  • Policy Fellow
  • Undergraduate Research Fellow
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow
  • Undergraduate Teaching Fellow

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Graduate Research Fellow jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (90)
  • The College Board (29)
  • Ohio State University (20)
  • Houston Methodist (19)
  • Merrimack College (14)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (14)
  • University of Kansas (11)
  • Northeastern University (11)
  • Columbia University (11)
  • Dartmouth Health (10)

North Carolina

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (4)
  • Center For Food Safety And Applied Nutrition (1)
  • Lazard (1)
  • Atrium Health (1)
  • Duke University (1)
  • United States Department of Energy (1)
  • Company History (1)
  • Orise (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!