Professionals in this position, who may also be called research managers, supervise research projects from the early planning stages to project completion. They communicate with team members and verify that all projects and tasks are on schedule. Some managers or officers also help gather data, but this varies by industry and project need. Most research officers and managers report project progress to supervisors and other committees.
While projects are in the planning stages, research officers and managers work with team members to identify project goals, research methods, variables, and other test parameters. They also choose how to collect data and offer recommendations on evaluating the project. Research officers and managers often make research schedules to monitor the activities of research teams.
During the research project, officers and managers usually review gathered research and analyze various sets of data. They might also interpret data and start writing reports. Many research officers and managers also verify that information on databases remains secure, as well as ensure that all team members complete their tasks and work cooperatively with the team.