This week’s career memes pay cheeky tribute to researchers, those investigators who seek to establish facts and contribute to solutions for mankind, such as treatments for diseases or adapting education to the digital age.
Researchers can work in various fields, and in academic, industrial, government, or private institutions. They analyse and interpret data, produce reports that detail their research and its findings, and may even submit proposals for research grants/funding to bodies such as the European Research Council.
Analytical skills and the knack to detect trends and patterns in data are among the traits a researcher should possess, along with flexibility, resourcefulness, and good communication skills.
Salaries for researchers can vary based on experience. A scientific researcher with five years of experience in Dublin, for example, can expect to earn an average salary of €37,966, according to PayScale.com.