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Become A Political Researcher

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Working As A Political Researcher

  • 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

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Political Researcher does

  • Research mass social and political movements, with a focus on The Free Software Movement.
  • Used web-based resources and library databases to conduct research.
  • Studied issues important to different constituencies and summarized them for political candidates, staff and their other consultants.
  • Produced statistical analysis of quantitative political data, analyzed complex legislation, and made revelatory finds.
  • Maintain and update Consulate's website through Adobe Dreamweaver.
  • Deliver prompt and thorough research on a diverse range of current events to seven diplomats.
  • Created informative memoranda and briefs for use in ads, emails, press releases, and on the campaign website.
  • Focus on legal aspects of politics, primarily dealing with constitutional and criminal law.
  • Assisted in preparation of candidate and campaign staff for speeches, forums, and debates.
  • Managed and directed day-to-day research plans and fulfilled research needs for some of the country's largest political campaigns.

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How To Become A Political Researcher

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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2,812 Political Researcher jobs

Wade for Mayor Political Campaign
San Francisco, CA
Political Science Intern (Campaign assistant)

$56,770 Estimated

Atlantic Media
Washington, DC
Project Manager, Policy & Politics Research

$85,000 Estimated

Atlantic Media
Washington, DC
Product Leader, Policy & Politics Research

$50,901 Estimated

Planned Parenthood of The St. Louis Region & Southwest Missouri
Saint Louis, MO
Political Intern - 2018 - UNPAID

$56,770 Estimated

Tribune Company
Chicago, IL
Political Sales Intern - Fall 2018

$56,770 Estimated

Artos Consulting
Oakland, CA
Political Campaign Internships

$56,770 Estimated

Nc State University
Raleigh, NC
Temp Researcher

$60,189 Estimated

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Washington, DC
Simon Chair in Political Economy, Reconnecting Asia- Research Intern

$56,770 Estimated

Koch Industries
Arlington, VA
Political Analyst (i360)

$99,130 Estimated

Cps Recruitment
Herkimer, NY
Researcher

$55,000 Estimated

Exact Staff
Elkton, MD
Researcher

$60,189 Estimated

Microsoft
Redmond, WA
Researcher

$112,500 Estimated

IBM Corporation
New York, NY
Design Researcher

$53,000 Estimated

American Institutes for Research
Chicago, IL
Researcher

$60,189 Estimated

Forrester
Cambridge, MA
Researcher

$75,386 Estimated

Microsoft Corporation
Santa Barbara, CA
Researcher

$71,282 Estimated

Bespoke Real Estate
Southampton, NY
Researcher

$76,077 Estimated

Russ Hadick and Associates
Centerville, OH
Researcher

$63,267 Estimated

Hospice Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
Researcher

$55,000 Estimated

Pro Unlimited
Menlo Park, CA
Researcher

$77,147 Estimated

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Top Skills for A Political Researcher

PressReleasesPoliticalCampaignsCampaignStaffRelevantDataConductResearchNewspaperArticlesReligiousAffiliationsPoliticalArticlesIndependentStudyLexisNexisPoliticalCandidatesPoliticalMovementsCurrentEventsLegalAspectsRapidResponseConsulateCampaignWebsitePoliticalResearchCandidateQuestionnaireResearchMaterials

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Top Political Researcher Skills

  1. Press Releases
  2. Political Campaigns
  3. Campaign Staff
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed and directed day-to-day research plans and fulfilled research needs for some of the country's largest political campaigns.
  • Assisted in preparation of candidate and campaign staff for speeches, forums, and debates.
  • Used web-based resources and library databases to conduct research.
  • Studied issues important to different constituencies and summarized them for political candidates, staff and their other consultants.
  • Research mass social and political movements, with a focus on The Free Software Movement.
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