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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 Latino5.3%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Chicago12.8%
New York University8.2%
Illinois Institute of Technology5.9%
Carnegie Mellon University5.0%
Georgia Institute of Technology -4.6%
University of Pennsylvania3.7%
University of Rochester3.7%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor3.7%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute3.7%
University of Connecticut3.2%
University of Florida3.2%
Pennsylvania State University3.2%
Johns Hopkins University3.2%
University of California - Berkeley3.2%
George Washington University3.2%
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|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|
|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|
|Director, Quantitative Analyst||Citigroup Global Markets Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 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||Oct 07, 2016||$220,000|
|Quantitative Analyst||AIG Asset Management (U.S.), LLC||Wilton, CT||Apr 26, 2016||$220,000|
|Quantitative Analyst||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Dec 15, 2016||$129,600|
|Senior Quantitative Analyst||Nextera Energy Power Marketing, LLC||Juno Beach, FL||Jan 19, 2015||$129,375|
|Quantitative Analyst||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 01, 2016||$129,000|
|Quantitative Analyst||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 18, 2015||$129,000|
|Quantitative Analyst||Google, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 07, 2015||$128,700|
|Quantitative Analyst||Google, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 15, 2015||$128,700|
|Quantitative Analyst||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Mar 17, 2015||$128,500|
|Associate Director, Quantitative Analyst/Gem Desk Equities||UBS Securities LLC||New York, NY||Aug 13, 2015||$97,200 -
|Analyst, Quantitative Researcher||Instinet, LLC||New York, NY||Oct 17, 2016||$97,000 -
|Analyst, Quantitative Researcher||Instinet, LLC||New York, NY||Jul 11, 2016||$97,000 -
|Quantitative Analyst||Moody's Investors Service, Inc.||New York, NY||May 16, 2016||$97,000|
|Associate, Quantitative Analyst (SR Analyst Quant Modeling)||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Aug 06, 2015||$97,000 -
|Senior Quantitative Analyst||Pacific Gas and Electric Company||San Francisco, CA||Sep 03, 2015||$97,000|
|Quantitative Analyst, Rates and Credit||UBS Securities LLC||New York, NY||Jun 22, 2015||$96,000 -
|Quantitative Analyst||Sentient Technologies (USA), LLC||San Francisco, CA||Feb 06, 2016||$96,000|
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