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Working As An Equity Research Analyst

  • 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

  • $111,118

    Average Salary

What Does An Equity Research Analyst 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 Equity Research Analyst

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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Equity Research Analyst Career Paths

Equity Research Analyst
Finance Advisor Operations Manager Property Manager
Asset Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Director President/Chief Executive Officer Finance Advisor
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager Operations Director
Chief Operating Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Finance Analyst
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Co-Founder Business Developer Marketing Director
Director Of Strategy
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Controller Chief Finance Officer
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Planning Manager
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager General Manager
Managing Director
12 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Operations Vice President President
Managing Member
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager General Manager
Managing Partner
9 Yearsyrs
Co-Founder Fellow Program Manager
Portfolio Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Research Analyst Research Manager
Research Director
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Advisor Analyst Risk Analyst
Risk Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Business Analyst Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Data Analyst Statistician
Senior Research Analyst
5 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Strategist
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Research Analyst Project Manager General Manager
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Director Of Sales Marketing Vice President
Vice President, Strategy
13 Yearsyrs
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Equity Research Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

66.0%

Female

21.2%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

43.7%

Asian

33.6%

Hispanic or Latino

10.1%

Black or African American

8.7%

Unknown

3.9%
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Languages Spoken

Mandarin

19.6%

Spanish

17.8%

Chinese

16.0%

French

6.7%

Hindi

4.9%

Russian

4.9%

Portuguese

4.9%

German

4.9%

Japanese

3.7%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Korean

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Gujarati

1.8%

Hebrew

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Greek

1.2%

Romanian

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Nepali

0.6%

Filipino

0.6%
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Equity Research Analyst Education

Schools

University of Iowa

12.9%

New York University

11.1%

Columbia University

8.9%

Tulane University

7.9%

Cornell University

7.1%

Boston University

5.7%

University of Rochester

5.0%

Johns Hopkins University

4.6%

Fordham University

4.6%

University of Chicago

4.3%

Lehigh University

3.6%

University of Pennsylvania

3.2%

Duke University

3.2%

University of Texas at Austin

2.9%

Northwestern University

2.9%

University of California - Berkeley

2.5%

University of Southern California

2.5%

Hofstra University

2.5%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

2.1%
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Majors

Finance

53.5%

Business

17.0%

Accounting

8.1%

Economics

6.4%

Management

2.2%

Management Science

1.5%

Applied Mathematics

1.5%

Marketing

1.2%

International Business

1.1%

Statistics

1.1%

Political Science

0.9%

Mathematics

0.8%

Business Economics

0.8%

Human Resources Management

0.7%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.5%

Management Information Systems

0.5%

International Relations

0.5%

Journalism

0.5%

Chemistry

0.5%

History

0.5%
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Degrees

Masters

56.7%

Bachelors

36.2%

Other

3.8%

Certificate

1.7%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.4%

Associate

0.2%
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Real Equity Research Analyst Salaries

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 -
$260,000
Vice President, Equity Research Analyst Wolfe Research, LLC New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $200,000
Equity Research Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Jun 20, 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
Senior Equity Research Analyst Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Jan 26, 2015 $160,000
VP, Equity Research Analyst Barclays Capital Inc. New York, NY Dec 30, 2015 $160,000 -
$220,000
Director, Equity Research Analyst/Medical Techno UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Feb 09, 2016 $155,000
Associate Director, Equity Research Analyst-Med Tech UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $155,000
Associate Director, Equity Research Analyst/Medical Techno UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Aug 25, 2016 $155,000
Emerging Market Equity Research Analyst Wasatch Advisors Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Aug 31, 2016 $150,000
Equity Research Analyst Cornerstone MacRo LLC New York, NY Nov 04, 2016 $150,000
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
Equity Research Analyst Hess Energy Trading Company LLC New York, NY Sep 17, 2013 $125,000
Equity Research Analyst Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC Newport Beach, CA Jun 16, 2015 $125,000
Equity Research Analyst Mountain Brook Capital Management LLC New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $115,000
Equity Research Analyst Permian Investment Partners, LP New York, NY Mar 10, 2014 $115,000
Research Analyst, Active Equity Mellon Capital Management Corporation San Francisco, CA Dec 08, 2016 $115,000
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 -
$92,000
Associate Director, Equity Research Analyst UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $87,200 -
$92,000
Equity Research Analyst Doubleline Group LP Los Angeles, CA Feb 19, 2013 $85,000 -
$95,000
Equity Research Analyst Lebenthal Wealth Advisors, LLC New York, NY Feb 03, 2014 $85,000
Equity Research Analyst Pyramis Global Advisors LLC Smithfield, RI Sep 15, 2013 $79,082 -
$145,000

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Top Skills for An Equity Research Analyst

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  1. Complex Financial Models
  2. Equity
  3. Financial Sector
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  • Assisted in the construction and calibration of complex financial models and industry analyses.
  • Communicate investment ideas and research to buy-side investor clients including bulge-bracket and middle-market equity funds of various investment styles.
  • Analyzed macroeconomic and financial sector conditions to complete research reports for final investment thesis.
  • Created investment policy statements for clients and recommended appropriate investment strategies of futures based on these statements.
  • Developed knowledge base and industry contacts in the enterprise software sector to facilitate research coverage and identify potential investment banking opportunities.

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