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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|
|Senior Pricing Actuary||National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa.||New York, NY||Apr 02, 2016||$153,000|
|Senior Pricing Actuary||National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa.||New York, NY||Feb 04, 2016||$153,000|
|Pricing Actuary-Property||Odyssey Reinsurance Company||Stamford, CT||Sep 28, 2015||$145,000|
|Pricing Actuary||Odyssey America Reinsurance Corporation||Stamford, CT||Sep 01, 2013||$135,000|
|Pricing Actuary-Property||Odyssey Reinsurance Company||Stamford, CT||Aug 31, 2016||$125,000 -
|Pricing Actuary||Pacific Life Insurance Company||Boston, MA||Mar 23, 2015||$123,000|
|Pricing & Predictive Analytics Actuary Leader||National Grange Mutual Insurance Company||Jacksonville, FL||Jan 05, 2015||$120,000|
|Head of Pricing Actuary-Latin America Region||Chartis Global Services, Inc.||Miami, FL||Sep 17, 2013||$120,000|
|Financial/Pricing Actuary||Union Security Insurance Company||Kansas City, MO||Feb 10, 2010||$118,000|
|Pricing Actuary||Swiss Re America Holding Corporation||Miami, FL||Oct 01, 2012||$115,000|
|Director, Actuary-Pension Risk Transfer Pricing||The Prudential Insurance Company of America||Newark, NJ||Dec 07, 2012||$114,525 -
|Pricing Actuary Director||Nippon Life Insurance Company of America||New York, NY||Jun 25, 2012||$110,000|
|Pricing Actuary Director||Nippon Life Insurance Company of America||New York, NY||Aug 10, 2012||$110,000|
|Director, Actuary-Pension Risk Transfer Pricing||The Prudential Insurance Company of America||Newark, NJ||Jul 31, 2012||$108,600 -
|Pricing Actuary||Swiss Re America Holding Corporation||Armonk, NY||Oct 01, 2009||$97,000|
|Advisor of Actuarial Services-Pricing||Caremark, LLC||Scottsdale, AZ||Apr 12, 2011||$90,272 -
|Pricing Actuary, Life & Health (Latin America)||Swiss Re America Holding Corporation||Miami, FL||Aug 13, 2014||$80,350 -
|Reinsurance Pricing Actuary||American Agricultural Insurance Company||Schaumburg, IL||Sep 09, 2012||$77,000 -
|Assistant Pricing Actuary||Westport Insurance Corporation||Armonk, NY||Mar 17, 2014||$70,000 -
|Pricing Actuary||Westport Insurance Corporation||Overland Park, KS||Dec 29, 2014||$60,000 -
|Pricing Actuary||Swiss Re America Holding Corporation||Overland Park, KS||Sep 12, 2012||$60,000|
|Pricing Actuary, Single Risks||Swiss Re America Holding Corporation||Overland Park, KS||Sep 08, 2012||$60,000|
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