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Working As A Program Research Specialist

  • 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

  • $56,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Program Research Specialist 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 A Program Research Specialist

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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Average Length of Employment
Research Leader 2.1 years
Research Analyst 2.0 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Aide 1.2 years
Research Trainee 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Program Research Specialist
Internship 12.0%
Researcher 8.3%
Volunteer 7.1%
Consultant 4.0%
Tutor 3.4%
Teacher 3.1%
Cashier 3.1%
Top Careers After Program Research Specialist
Internship 11.5%
Volunteer 7.6%
Researcher 6.6%
Consultant 3.9%
Fellow 3.4%
Tutor 3.2%
Instructor 2.9%
President 2.9%

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Program Research Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

48.4%

Male

31.4%

Unknown

20.3%
Ethnicity

White

50.2%

Asian

17.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

5.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.6%

Chinese

10.9%

French

9.9%

Mandarin

8.9%

Arabic

7.9%

German

4.0%

Japanese

4.0%

Swedish

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Greek

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Somali

1.0%

Bulgarian

1.0%

Cayuga

1.0%

Russian

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Tamil

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%
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Program Research Specialist Education

Schools

University of California - Berkeley

11.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

8.8%

Boston University

6.1%

State University of New York Albany

6.1%

Northern Illinois University

5.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.3%

University of Minnesota - Duluth

5.3%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.4%

George Washington University

4.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.4%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.4%

University of California - Irvine

4.4%

University of Delaware

4.4%

Syracuse University

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

University of Washington

3.5%

University of Rochester

3.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%
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Majors

Psychology

10.5%

Biology

9.8%

Computer Science

8.1%

Chemical Engineering

7.0%

Business

6.7%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

6.0%

Public Health

5.3%

Chemistry

5.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.9%

Political Science

4.9%

Communication

3.9%

Economics

3.5%

International Relations

3.5%

Statistics

3.2%

Environmental Science

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Mathematics

3.2%

Nursing

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Social Work

2.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.1%

Masters

34.5%

Doctorate

12.2%

Other

8.7%

Certificate

2.6%

Associate

2.0%

Diploma

0.8%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a Program Research Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Program Research Specialist in the United States is $56,408 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $94,000.

Real Program Research Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Program Research Specialist Opticsplanet, Inc. Northbrook, IL Jan 12, 2016 $105,000
Program Research Specialist Argo Se, Inc. Buffalo Grove, IL Dec 23, 2016 $92,206
Program Research Specialist Opticsplanet, Inc. Northbrook, IL Apr 21, 2016 $90,000
Associate Program Research Specialist Health Research, Inc. Menands, NY Jan 09, 2016 $79,320
Principal Criminal Justice Program Research Specialist New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Albany, NY Dec 31, 2015 $77,753
Principal Criminal Justice Program Research Specialist NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Albany, NY May 18, 2015 $75,243 -
$94,834
Program Research Specialist Research Foundation of Cuny New York, NY Jan 18, 2013 $74,714
Program Research Specialist III Health Research, Inc. Albany, NY May 16, 2014 $72,268
Program Research Specialist III Health Research, Inc. Albany, NY May 31, 2011 $70,704
Program Research Specialist III Health Research, Inc. Albany, NY Nov 01, 2011 $70,704
Program Research Specialist III Health Research, Inc. Albany, NY May 31, 2010 $68,540
Program Research Specialist III Health Research, Inc. Albany, NY Aug 26, 2015 $68,381
Program Research Specialist 3 NYS Dept of Corrections and Community Supervision Albany, NY Aug 04, 2015 $67,703
Research Program Specialist II (Economics) California Debt & Investment Advisory Commission Sacramento, CA Dec 01, 2013 $67,344 -
$79,740
Research Program Specialist II (Economics) California Debt & Investment Advisory Commission Sacramento, CA Jan 01, 2014 $67,344
Program Research Specialist III Health Research, Inc. Albany, NY May 16, 2011 $67,074
Program Research Specialist III Health Research, Inc. Albany, NY Feb 01, 2013 $66,376
Program Research Specialist Research Foundation of Cuny NC Jan 18, 2010 $63,180
Researcher, Tonle SAP Science Program Conservation International Arlington, VA Jan 01, 2016 $61,560
Educational Program Researcher Sanford Systems, Inc. Lake Elsinore, CA Sep 25, 2014 $55,000
Program Research Specialist 2 New York State Department of Corrections and Commu Albany, NY Feb 01, 2012 $54,790
Program Research Specialist II Health Research, Inc. Albany, NY Aug 25, 2015 $52,819
Program Research Specialist II Health Research, Inc. Menands, NY Sep 01, 2012 $52,502
Geoscience Program Researcher New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ Nov 16, 2015 $52,384 -
$56,349
Program Research Specialist II (Criminal Justice) NYS Dept of Corrections and Community Supervision Albany, NY Aug 10, 2015 $52,293
Program Research Specialist II Health Research, Inc. Menands, NY Dec 09, 2014 $51,783

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Top Skills for A Program Research Specialist

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  2. Data Analysis
  3. Procedures
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  • Support large-scale communications or research projects as necessary.
  • Performed data analysis of Medicaid claim data.
  • Research of public policies and procedures pertaining to collaborative research efforts between federal governmental bodies and public academic entities.
  • Paper published at the 4th International Symposium on Digital Forensics Security conference.
  • Evaluate data collection, quality control and data utilization methods to study epidemiological problems and issues.

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