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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

  • $94,516

    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 Career Paths

Quantitative Analyst
Senior Risk Analyst Assistant Vice President Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Risk Manager Safety Manager Human Resources Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Strategist Managing Director Risk Management Director
Chief Risk Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Data Scientist Clinical Data Manager
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Risk Analyst Risk Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Office Manager Accountant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Property Manager Asset Manager
Manager, Asset Management
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Project Manager Program Manager
Portfolio Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Data Scientist Senior Scientist Research Director
Principal Analyst
11 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Senior Analyst Research Manager
Research Director
7 Yearsyrs
Risk Manager Human Resources Manager Business Analyst
Senior Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Analyst Investment Analyst
Senior Investment Analyst
5 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Finance Analyst Marketing Analyst
Senior Marketing Analyst
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Program Manager Portfolio Manager
Senior Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Senior Pricing Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Strategist Portfolio Manager Equity Research Analyst
Senior Research Analyst
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Mathematics Instructor Statistician
Senior Statistical Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Portfolio Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Director
Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Portfolio Manager Managing Director Operations Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Quantitative Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

62.1%

Unknown

21.6%

Female

16.3%
Ethnicity

Asian

43.4%

White

36.8%

Hispanic or Latino

8.5%

Black or African American

6.9%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

26.5%

Chinese

14.7%

Spanish

10.3%

Cantonese

8.8%

Japanese

7.4%

Russian

5.9%

French

4.4%

Portuguese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Kashmiri

1.5%

Indonesian

1.5%

Hakka

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Romanian

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Urdu

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Armenian

1.5%
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Quantitative Analyst Education

Schools

University of Chicago

13.1%

Columbia University

12.2%

New York University

8.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

6.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.0%

University of Pennsylvania

4.5%

Boston University

4.5%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.5%

Fordham University

4.1%

Cornell University

4.1%

University of Florida

3.6%

University of Rochester

3.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

University of Connecticut

3.2%

Harvard University

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Johns Hopkins University

3.2%

George Washington University

3.2%

Yale University

3.2%
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Majors

Finance

30.3%

Statistics

13.0%

Mathematics

10.1%

Economics

9.2%

Applied Mathematics

5.8%

Business

4.9%

Physics

4.3%

Computer Science

4.0%

Management Science

2.7%

Operations Research

2.3%

Management

2.2%

Accounting

1.8%

Industrial Engineering

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.6%

Engineering

1.3%

Information Systems

1.3%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%

Marketing

1.1%

Civil Engineering

0.7%

Psychology

0.5%
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Degrees

Masters

58.0%

Doctorate

18.7%

Bachelors

17.0%

Other

4.8%

Certificate

1.1%

Associate

0.3%
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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 Partners, LP New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $250,000
Director, Quantitative Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $250,000
Quantitative Analyst DW Investment Management, LP New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $250,000
Quantitative Analyst HBK New York LLC New York, NY Nov 16, 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/Developer Schonfeld Tools, LLC. New York, NY Aug 20, 2016 $220,000
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, 2015 $127,500
Quantitative Analyst ITG Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $127,500
Quantitative Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 17, 2016 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 06, 2016 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 26, 2016 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 09, 2015 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 28, 2016 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 22, 2016 $127,000
Quantitative Analyst State Street Bank and Trust Company Boston, MA Feb 11, 2015 $95,950 -
$130,000
Quantitative Analyst State Street Bank and Trust Company Boston, MA Sep 28, 2015 $95,950 -
$140,000
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

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Top Skills for A Quantitative Analyst

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  1. Portfolio Optimization
  2. Risk Management
  3. Financial Models
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  • Review asset/liability management portfolio for GM pension fund, run portfolio optimization with predefined constrains, review the model assumptions.
  • Designed, developed and tested portfolio allocation optimization and risk management application modules for trading software using CAPM nonlinear methodology.
  • Develop financial models to structure and optimize municipal bond refunding transactions.
  • Perform SQL queries to extract useful information from the cleaned validated non-traditional data, and produce standard analytic products.
  • Developed algorithms for quantitative investment strategies.

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