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Working As A Quantitative 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

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Quantitative 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 A Quantitative 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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Quantitative Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

62.5%

Unknown

21.7%

Female

15.8%
Ethnicity

White

47.7%

Asian

43.0%

Hispanic or Latino

5.3%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Mandarin

24.3%

Chinese

14.3%

Spanish

11.4%

Cantonese

10.0%

Japanese

7.1%

Russian

5.7%

German

4.3%

French

4.3%

Portuguese

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Kashmiri

1.4%

Indonesian

1.4%

Hakka

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Romanian

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Armenian

1.4%
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Quantitative Analyst Education

Schools

Columbia University

13.2%

University of Chicago

12.8%

New York University

8.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.9%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.6%

Fordham University

4.6%

Cornell University

4.6%

Boston University

4.1%

University of Pennsylvania

3.7%

University of Rochester

3.7%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.7%

University of Connecticut

3.2%

University of Florida

3.2%

Harvard University

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Johns Hopkins University

3.2%

University of California - Berkeley

3.2%

George Washington University

3.2%
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Majors

Finance

31.7%

Statistics

12.9%

Mathematics

10.0%

Economics

9.1%

Applied Mathematics

5.7%

Business

5.0%

Physics

4.3%

Computer Science

3.6%

Management Science

2.7%

Operations Research

2.2%

Management

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.6%

Industrial Engineering

1.6%

Engineering

1.4%

Information Systems

1.3%

Marketing

1.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.1%

Psychology

0.5%

Management Information Systems

0.5%
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Degrees

Masters

58.6%

Doctorate

18.0%

Bachelors

17.6%

Other

4.5%

Certificate

1.2%

Associate

0.2%
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Real Quantitative Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Quantitative Analyst 3G Capital, Inc. New York, NY Feb 15, 2015 $264,000
Quantitative Analyst DW Investment Management, LP New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $250,000
Director, Quantitative Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $250,000
Quantitative Analyst HBK New York LLC New York, NY Nov 16, 2015 $250,000
Quantitative Analyst DW Partners, LP New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $250,000
Senior Quantitative Analyst HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $240,000
Quantitative Analyst Elliott Management Corporation New York, NY Nov 15, 2016 $230,000
Quantitative Analyst Citadel LLC Chicago, IL Apr 02, 2016 $225,000
Quantitative Analyst Citadel LLC Chicago, IL Jan 10, 2016 $225,000
Senior Quantitative Analyst Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY Jul 14, 2015 $220,813
Quantitative Analyst AIG Asset Management (U.S.), LLC Wilton, CT Apr 26, 2016 $220,000
Quantitative Analyst/Developer Schonfeld Tools, LLC. New York, NY Aug 20, 2016 $220,000
Quantitative Analyst ITG Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $127,500
Quantitative Analyst/Developer Schonfeld Tools, LLC. New York, NY Aug 20, 2015 $127,500
Quantitative Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 05, 2016 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst Google, Inc. San Bruno, CA Aug 19, 2015 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 20, 2015 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 18, 2015 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 19, 2015 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 09, 2015 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst BTG Pactual Asset Management Us LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $95,576 -
$110,000
Quantitative Analyst Bank of The West San Francisco, CA Oct 09, 2016 $95,040
Quantitative Analyst-Credit Risk Fifth Third Bank, An Ohio Banking Corporation Cincinnati, OH Nov 08, 2016 $95,015
Senior Quantitative Analyst Broadriver Asset Management, L.P. New York, NY Mar 18, 2015 $95,014
Quantitative Analysis Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $95,000
Quantitative Analyst State Street Bank and Trust Company Boston, MA Aug 25, 2016 $95,000 -
$145,000
Principal Quantitative Analyst Capital One Services, LLC McLean, VA Apr 14, 2015 $95,000 -
$148,500

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Top Skills for A Quantitative Analyst

PortfolioOptimizationFinancialModelsSQLServerEquitySASAssetAllocationRExcel/VbaRiskManagementIncomeMatlabRiskAnalyticsInterestRateLossVARPythonC++RiskModelStatisticalAnalysisMonteCarlo

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Top Quantitative Analyst Skills

  1. Portfolio Optimization
  2. Financial Models
  3. SQL Server
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide ongoing portfolio review for risk management and portfolio optimization.
  • Developed financial models for security valuation.
  • Manage data in Access and SQL Server 2008 databases.
  • Designed equity factors and portfolio optimization back tests that established alpha models and portfolio construction procedures for portfolios.
  • Developed and tested quantitative trading models using R and SAS and researched equities and futures markets.

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