Graduate Research Fellow
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
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.
There were 51 Graduate Research Fellow job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1294 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Researcher / Research Associate industry, which includes the Graduate Research Fellow career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $56,867.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,156.
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 $45,020.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||45%|
|3 to 5 years||28%|
|6 to 8 years||16%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Research (100%)
- Communication Skills (32%)
- Writing (24%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (23%)
- English (20%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Cancer knowledge (14%)
- Molecular Biology (13%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Experiments (19%)
- Biology (17%)
- Data Collection (10%)
- Biochemistry (9%)
- Data Analysis (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Genetics (7%)
- Cell Biology (7%)
- Bioinformatics (6%)
- Neuroscience (5%)
- Genomics (5%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Cardiovascular Disease knowledge (2%) – marginal value $3,264
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Graduate Research Fellow skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Research Fellow
- Policy Research Fellow
- Industry Research Fellow
- Senior Research Fellow
- Research Fellow - Laboratory
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.
- Research Associate
- Research Assistant
- Research Scientist
- Research Technician
- Medical Research Specialist
- Research Analyst
- Medical Research Scientist
- Legal Researcher
- Social Science Researcher
- Research Medical Technologist
Here are the employers that have posted the most Graduate Research Fellow jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (150)
- Partners Healthcare (79)
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute (74)
- Mass Eye And Ear Mee (52)
- North Dakota State University (39)
- Wake Forest Baptist Health (29)
- Electric Power Research Institute (5)
- Duke University (3)
- American Heart Association Incorporated (2)
- Atrium Health (2)
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!