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Working As An Associate Research Specialist

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $54,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Research Specialist Do

Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.

Duties

Market research analysts typically do the following:

  • Monitor and forecast marketing and sales trends
  • Measure the effectiveness of marketing programs and strategies
  • Devise and evaluate methods for collecting data, such as surveys, questionnaires, and opinion polls
  • Gather data on consumers, competitors, and market conditions
  • Analyze data using statistical software
  • Convert complex data and findings into understandable tables, graphs, and written reports
  • Prepare reports and present results to clients and management

Market research analysts research and gather data to help a company market its products or services. They gather data on consumer demographics, preferences, needs, and buying habits. They collect data and information using a variety of methods, such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, and literature reviews.

Analysts help determine a company’s position in the marketplace by researching their competitors and analyzing their prices, sales, and marketing methods. Using this information, they may determine potential markets, product demand, and pricing. Their knowledge of the targeted consumer enables them to develop advertising brochures and commercials, sales plans, and product promotions. 

Market research analysts evaluate data using statistical techniques and software. They must interpret what the data mean for their client, and they may forecast future trends. They often make charts, graphs, infographics, and other visual aids to present the results of their research. 

Workers who design and conduct surveys are known as survey researchers.

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How To Become An Associate Research Specialist

Most market research analysts need at least a bachelor’s degree. Top research positions may require a master’s degree. Strong math and analytical skills are essential. 

Education

Market research analysts typically need a bachelor’s degree in market research or a related field. Many have degrees in fields such as statistics, math, and computer science. Others have backgrounds in business administration, the social sciences, or communications.

Courses in statistics, research methods, and marketing are essential for these workers. Courses in communications and social sciences, such as economics or consumer behavior, are also important.

Some market research analyst jobs require a master’s degree. Several schools offer graduate programs in marketing research, but many analysts complete degrees in other fields, such as statistics and marketing, and/or earn a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). A master’s degree is often required for leadership positions or positions that perform more technical research. 

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is voluntary, but analysts may pursue certification to demonstrate a level of professional competency. The Marketing Research Association offers the Professional Researcher Certification (PRC) for market research analysts. Candidates qualify based on experience and knowledge; they must pass an exam, be a member of a professional organization, and have at least 3 years working in opinion and marketing research. Individuals must complete 20 hours of industry-related continuing education courses every 2 years to renew their certification.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Market research analysts must be able to understand large amounts of data and information. 

Communication skills. Market research analysts need strong communication skills when gathering information, interpreting data, and presenting results to clients. 

Critical-thinking skills. To determine what marketing strategy would work best for a company, market research analysts must assess all available information.

Detail oriented. Market research analysts must be detail oriented because they often do precise data analysis.

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Average Length of Employment
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Aide 1.2 years
Research Trainee 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Associate Research Specialist
Internship 10.0%
Volunteer 2.8%
Instructor 1.9%
Researcher 1.9%
Top Careers After Associate Research Specialist
Internship 4.9%
Consultant 4.2%
Specialist 3.5%
Manager 3.5%
Scientist 3.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$54,000
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$33,000
Min 10%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
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$54,000
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$54,000
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$88,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
SAS Institute
Highest Paying City
College Station, TX
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does an Associate Research Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Research Specialist in the United States is $54,672 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $88,000.

Real Associate Research Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Associate-Data Specialist University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carrboro, NC Jan 05, 2016 $80,560
Research Associate-Data Specialist University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carrboro, NC May 01, 2016 $80,560
Research Associate and Global Medtech Specialist EGON Zehnder International, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 26, 2013 $63,232 -
$77,438
Associate Research Systems Specialist Educational Testing Service Princeton, NJ Feb 18, 2014 $61,350
Associate Research Specialist Texas A&M University College Station, TX Jan 05, 2015 $60,000
Associate Research Specialist Texas A&M University College Station, TX May 01, 2015 $60,000
Research Area Specialist Associate University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jul 01, 2013 $56,000
Research Associate-Data Error Assessment Specialist The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Jul 06, 2011 $56,000
Associate Research Specialist Texas Transportation Institute El Paso, TX May 26, 2012 $53,637
Associate Research Specialist Texas A&M Agrilife Research, Part of Tamus Agricultural PRG. College Station, TX Jan 09, 2016 $50,000
Research Area Specialist Associate University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jul 25, 2015 $47,563
Associate Research Specialist Texas A&M University College Station, TX Jan 01, 2010 $44,436
Associate Research Specialist Texas A&M University College Station, TX Sep 01, 2012 $43,200
Associate Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Sep 02, 2014 $41,602
Associate Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Superior Superior, WI May 01, 2011 $40,643
Associate Research Specialist The University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI May 01, 2012 $38,500
Associate Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Jul 30, 2013 $36,000
Associate Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Dec 26, 2010 $34,853
Associate Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Sep 01, 2010 $34,340
Associate Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Jan 26, 2010 $34,164
Associate Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Dec 01, 2009 $34,154
Associate Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Nov 15, 2016 $34,000
Associate Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Nov 01, 2014 $33,936
Associate Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Jan 11, 2014 $33,936
Associate Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Jul 01, 2012 $33,000

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Top Skills for An Associate Research Specialist

  1. Laboratory Analysis
  2. Study Protocol
  3. Data Analysis
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  • Managed team schedules, performed remote field work, maintained laboratory, repaired equipment, and completed laboratory analysis.
  • Perform follow-up treatment, counseling, and data retrieval per study protocol.
  • Coordinate efforts to ensure compliance guidelines are met by completing file review and data analysis.
  • Participate in research projects initiated by Principle Investigators.
  • Operated and maintained ABI Prism 377 and 3700 sequencing machines Performed M13 phage growth and template preparation of DNA inserts.

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Top 10 Best States for Associate Research Specialists

  1. Delaware
  2. New Jersey
  3. New York
  4. North Carolina
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Alaska
  7. Minnesota
  8. Texas
  9. Washington
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Associate Research Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

54.2%

Male

32.5%

Unknown

13.3%
Ethnicity

White

56.9%

Asian

17.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

8.6%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Chinese

12.5%

German

8.3%

Cantonese

8.3%

Mandarin

8.3%

Italian

8.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

Greek

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

French

4.2%

Urdu

4.2%

Hindi

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%
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Associate Research Specialist Education

Schools

University of Wisconsin - Madison

22.2%

University of Wisconsin Extension

21.2%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

7.1%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

6.1%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

4.0%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%

Loyola University of Chicago

3.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.0%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.0%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.0%

Michigan State University

3.0%

University of Arizona

3.0%

Arizona State University

2.0%

Ithaca College

2.0%

Western Michigan University

2.0%

Marquette University

2.0%

Georgetown University

2.0%

Texas State University

2.0%

Johns Hopkins University

2.0%
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Majors

Biology

14.1%

Business

10.7%

Psychology

9.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

8.7%

Microbiology

8.1%

Chemistry

7.4%

Zoology

4.7%

Genetics

4.0%

Environmental Science

3.4%

Project Management

3.4%

Counseling Psychology

3.4%

Anthropology

2.7%

Nursing

2.7%

Social Work

2.7%

Sociology

2.7%

Law

2.7%

Clinical Psychology

2.7%

Geography

2.7%

Veterinary Science

2.0%

Public Health

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.0%

Masters

33.6%

Doctorate

14.2%

Other

9.9%

Certificate

3.3%

Associate

0.7%

Diploma

0.4%
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