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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Healthcare Equity Research Analyst||North Tide Capital, LLC||Boston, MA||Mar 01, 2014||$500,000|
|Director; Equity Research Analyst||Merrill Lynch||New York, NY||Apr 22, 2015||$240,000 -
|Equity Research Analyst||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Jun 20, 2016||$200,000|
|Vice President, Equity Research Analyst||Wolfe Research, LLC||New York, NY||Jan 06, 2016||$200,000|
|Equity Research Analyst||Levin Cpaital Strategies, LP||New York, NY||Mar 01, 2015||$175,000|
|Vice President, Equity Research Analyst||Merrill Lynch||New York, NY||Nov 24, 2014||$175,000|
|VP, Equity Research Analyst||Barclays Capital Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 30, 2015||$165,000|
|VP, Equity Research Analyst||Barclays Capital Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 30, 2015||$160,000 -
|Senior Equity Research Analyst||Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC||New York, NY||Jan 26, 2015||$160,000|
|Associate Director, Equity Research Analyst/Medical Techno||UBS Securities LLC||New York, NY||Aug 25, 2016||$155,000|
|Associate Director, Equity Research Analyst-Med Tech||UBS Securities LLC||New York, NY||Sep 04, 2015||$155,000|
|Director, Equity Research Analyst/Medical Techno||UBS Securities LLC||New York, NY||Feb 09, 2016||$155,000|
|Associate, Equity Research||Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Sep 30, 2015||$150,000|
|Equity Research Analyst||Mountain Brook Capital Management LLC||New York, NY||Sep 13, 2016||$150,000|
|Associate, Equity Research||Jpmorgan Chase & Co||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$126,000 -
|Equity Research Analyst||Hess Energy Trading Company LLC||New York, NY||Sep 17, 2013||$125,000|
|JR Equity Research Analyst||Highland Capital Management, LLC||Memphis, TN||Jun 11, 2015||$125,000|
|Equity Research Analyst||Permian Investment Partners, LP||New York, NY||Jun 01, 2016||$125,000|
|Associate, Equity Research||Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 02, 2014||$125,000|
|Equity Research Analyst||Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC||Newport Beach, CA||Jun 16, 2015||$125,000|
|Associate, Equity Research Division||Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC||New York, NY||Jun 29, 2015||$122,845|
|Equity Research Analyst||City National Bank||New York, NY||Jan 17, 2014||$95,014 -
|Analyst, Equity Research||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Aug 31, 2016||$95,000|
|Analyst, Equity Research||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$95,000|
|Associate, Equity Analytics Research||MSCI, Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 08, 2016||$94,640 -
|Senior International Equity Research Analyst||Thomson Horstmann and Bryant||Norwalk, CT||May 24, 2016||$91,416|
|Associate Director, Equity Research Analyst||UBS Securities LLC||New York, NY||Aug 25, 2016||$87,500 -
|Associate Director, Equity Research Analyst||UBS Securities LLC||New York, NY||Sep 10, 2015||$87,200 -
|Equity Research Analyst||Doubleline Group LP||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 19, 2013||$85,000 -
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