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Working As A Research And Development 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

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research And Development 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 Research And Development 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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Research And Development Specialist Career Paths

Research And Development Specialist
Consultant Project Manager
Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant General Manager Director Of Sales
Sales And Marketing Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Product Marketing Manager
Senior Product Marketing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Office Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Purchasing Manager
Category Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Account Manager
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager Director
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Owner/Manager Service Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Purchasing Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Manager Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Group Leader
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Scientist Staff Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Research And Development Specialist
Internship 9.6%
Researcher 6.3%
Manager 4.4%
Consultant 3.3%
Specialist 3.0%
Teacher 2.7%
Engineer 2.7%
Top Careers After Research And Development Specialist
Consultant 8.0%
Manager 6.4%
Owner 5.6%
Specialist 5.2%
Internship 5.2%
Researcher 3.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$95,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nokia
Highest Paying City
West Sacramento, CA
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Research And Development Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research And Development Specialist in the United States is $63,052 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $95,000.

Real Research And Development Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
R&D Researcher, Advanced Keysight Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 15, 2016 $130,000
Research Specialist, R&D The Dow Chemical Company Freeport, TX Jan 04, 2010 $117,000
SR. Research Statistician Developer-Mixed Models Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Aug 24, 2015 $116,269
Qdcs/Trackwise Administrator and R&D Support Specialist Purdue Pharma LP Cranbury, NJ Jul 04, 2016 $114,192
Cloud Biometric R&D Specialist Internet Biometric Security Systems, LLC Las Vegas, NV Oct 01, 2012 $108,524
Actuarial R&D Specialist Milliman, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jun 08, 2015 $104,229
Qdcs/Trackwise Administrator and R&D Support Specialist Purdue Pharma L.P. Cranbury, NJ Jun 22, 2016 $101,000
R&D Specialist, Mesh and Volume Processing Dreamworks Animation LLC Glendale, CA Apr 29, 2015 $95,944
Principal Research & Development Specialist Omron Oilfield and Marine, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 08, 2013 $95,000 -
$125,000
Research and Development Specialist GWR Instruments, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2012 $93,912
Research & Development Researcher, Advanced Agilent Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 19, 2011 $92,955 -
$127,800
R & D Development Specialist I Praxair, Inc. Tonawanda, NY Aug 07, 2015 $92,000
Research and Development Specialist Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 14, 2011 $92,000
Research & Development Specialist SP Industries, Inc. Vineland, NJ Aug 01, 2011 $78,910
Mechanical R&D Specialist, Automotive Aftermarket RTI Technologies, Inc. York, PA Oct 01, 2010 $77,018
Product Research and Development Specialist Corezon Corporation Redwood City, CA Sep 15, 2015 $77,000
Business Development Researcher Panasonic Corporation of North America Cupertino, CA Sep 17, 2014 $77,000
Product Research and Development Specialist Corezon Corporation Redwood City, CA Jun 19, 2015 $77,000
R&D Specialist (SW Test Engineer) Check Point Software Technologies Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 12, 2012 $76,918 -
$120,000
R&D Specialist II Bayer Cropscience LP Morrisville, NC Aug 19, 2016 $74,401
Research Development Specialist Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC Jan 01, 2015 $62,500
R&D Engineering Specialist Tranter, Inc. Wichita Falls, TX Sep 27, 2012 $62,477
R&D Researcher Us Sound and Vibration Institute, Inc. Long Beach, CA Sep 02, 2015 $61,316
Specialist-Research/Development (Analyst-Market Analyst) The NPD Group, Inc. Port Washington, NY Aug 26, 2015 $61,110 -
$91,110
Systems Development Researcher Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Mar 08, 2011 $61,000
R&D Specialist I Bayer Cropscience LP Parkton, NC Oct 20, 2015 $60,287
R&D Specialist II Bayer Cropscience LP Parkton, NC Sep 07, 2014 $58,750

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Top Skills for A Research And Development Specialist

  1. New Product Development
  2. Lab Equipment
  3. R
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted formulation work in the laboratory relating to new product development and product enhancements.
  • Maintained and calibrated lab equipment.
  • Gathered information from media and advertising agents to design media buying strategies for Marketing Director.
  • Design and creation of manufacturing documentation, test procedures and all cables and interconnect harnesses.
  • Designed, conducted, and monitored food safety and shelf life studies to demonstrate effectiveness of application in perishable products.

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  7. Rhode Island
  8. District of Columbia
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Research And Development Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

50.2%

Female

37.5%

Unknown

12.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Asian

13.5%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.9%

French

11.8%

Mandarin

11.8%

Chinese

9.4%

German

8.2%

Korean

4.7%

Bulgarian

3.5%

Vietnamese

3.5%

Cantonese

3.5%

Japanese

3.5%

Russian

3.5%

Greek

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Turkish

1.2%

Serbian

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Irish

1.2%
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Research And Development Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Columbia University

6.8%

Michigan State University

6.0%

University of Connecticut

6.0%

University of California - Berkeley

5.3%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

University of Illinois University Administration

5.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.5%

New York University

4.5%

Kansas State University

4.5%

San Francisco State University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

University of Florida

4.5%

Purdue University

4.5%

Boston University

4.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.5%

University of Cincinnati

3.8%

The Academy

3.8%

University of Akron

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.8%
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Majors

Business

18.0%

Chemistry

12.1%

Food Science

7.4%

Biology

6.8%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Computer Science

5.7%

Mechanical Engineering

5.1%

Chemical Engineering

5.1%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.2%

Management

4.0%

Psychology

3.8%

Communication

3.2%

Finance

3.2%

Education

2.7%

Pharmacy

2.5%

Marketing

2.3%

English

1.9%

Biomedical Engineering

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.1%

Masters

26.4%

Other

15.8%

Doctorate

9.2%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

0.9%
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