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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.
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Hispanic or Latino11.0%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix20.6%
Michigan State University6.3%
Arizona State University5.5%
Pennsylvania State University5.4%
Northern Illinois University4.7%
University of North Carolina at Charlotte4.2%
Florida International University4.0%
University of Central Florida3.9%
Ohio State University3.9%
University of North Texas3.8%
Ball State University3.8%
University of Missouri - Columbia3.8%
University of Houston3.6%
Texas A&M University3.6%
San Jose State University3.6%
Illinois State University3.5%
University of Iowa3.5%
Wayne State University3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Product Specialist||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 21, 2016||$185,000|
|Product Specialist||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Sep 05, 2016||$175,000|
|Product Specialist||Uber Technologies Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 21, 2016||$170,000|
|Technical Product Specialist||Integration Appliance||Palo Alto, CA||May 27, 2016||$155,542|
|Pre-Sales Product Specialist||Informatica LLC||Warrenton, VA||Aug 21, 2016||$155,288|
|Product Specialist||First Eagle Investment Management, LLC||New York, NY||Aug 25, 2015||$150,000|
|Resolution Enhancement Product Specialist||Mentor Graphics Corporation||Hopewell Junction, NY||Jan 22, 2016||$150,000|
|Business Product Specialist||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$150,000|
|Product Specialist||Hortonworks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 30, 2016||$150,000|
|Place & Route Product Specialist||Mentor Graphics Corporation||Fremont, CA||Jul 26, 2015||$149,940|
|Place & Route Product Specialist||Mentor Graphics Corporation||Cary, NC||Jul 26, 2015||$149,940|
|Place and Route Product Specialist||Mentor Graphics Corporation||Fremont, CA||Apr 02, 2015||$149,940|
|Place and Route Product Specialist||Mentor Graphics Corporation||Cary, NC||Apr 02, 2015||$149,940|
|Product Specialist, International Growth||Uber Technologies Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 12, 2016||$149,656|
|Advertising Platform Product Specialist||Amazon Media Group LLC||New York, NY||Apr 27, 2015||$109,782 -
|Product Specialist||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 20, 2015||$109,762|
|Product Specialist||Sap Labs, LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 23, 2015||$108,810|
|Resolution Enhancement Product Specialist||Mentor Graphics Corporation||Hopewell Junction, NY||Aug 30, 2016||$108,300 -
|Product Management Specialist||Deepa Gurnani LLC||New York, NY||Feb 25, 2016||$108,202|
|Director, Product Specialist||Markit North America, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 01, 2016||$108,118 -
|Product Specialist (JD Edwards SCM)||9Edge, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$108,000 -
|Product Specialist||DNV GL Business Assurance (USA), Inc.||Katy, TX||Jul 03, 2016||$105,269|
|Engineer/Product Specialist||Stiles MacHinery, Inc.||High Point, NC||Aug 17, 2015||$85,000|
|Bioinformatics Product Specialist||Life Technologies Corporation||South San Francisco, CA||Aug 15, 2015||$85,000 -
|Product Specialist||Red Book Connect, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Sep 09, 2015||$85,000|
|Product Specialist||SOA Software, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 29, 2015||$85,000 -
|Engineer/Product Specialist||Stiles MacHinery, Inc.||Grand Rapids, MI||Aug 17, 2015||$85,000|
|Sigmafine Product Specialist||Pimsoft, Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 20, 2015||$85,000|
|Product Specialist for Media||Vitra, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 05, 2015||$85,000|
|Business Product Specialist||Dropbox, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 28, 2015||$85,000|
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