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Working As A Research Assistant/Technician

  • 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

  • $38,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Assistant/Technician 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 Assistant/Technician

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 Assistant/Technician Career Paths

Research Assistant/Technician
Research Technician Research Associate Consultant
Senior Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Research Technician Research Associate Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Research Technician Research Associate Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Technician Specialist
Senior Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Registered Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Instructor Fellow Research Analyst
Senior Research Analyst
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Research Fellow Senior Scientist
Research Director
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Project Director
Senior Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Assistant Professor
Research Consultant
5 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Scientist Senior Research Associate
Research Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Research Manager
Senior Research Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Researcher Research Fellow Clinical Research Coordinator
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Researcher Research Consultant Research Manager
Market Research Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Researcher Research Fellow Senior Scientist
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Special Projects Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Analytics Consultant
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator Research Consultant
Senior Research Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Aide 1.2 years
Research Trainee 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Research Assistant/Technician
Internship 12.3%
Volunteer 6.6%
Tutor 2.6%
Server 2.3%
Cashier 2.2%
Technician 2.0%
Top Careers After Research Assistant/Technician
Internship 8.5%
Volunteer 5.2%
Instructor 3.6%
Consultant 3.5%
Teacher 2.4%
Technician 2.1%

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Research Assistant/Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

43.8%

Female

43.5%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

54.9%

Asian

17.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.7%

French

11.9%

German

6.8%

Chinese

6.2%

Mandarin

5.1%

Hindi

4.5%

Japanese

4.0%

Arabic

3.4%

Korean

2.8%

Portuguese

2.8%

Urdu

2.8%

Greek

2.3%

Russian

1.7%

Tamil

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Telugu

1.1%

Romanian

1.1%

Irish

1.1%

Swahili

0.6%
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Research Assistant/Technician Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

7.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

6.7%

Boston University

6.4%

Pennsylvania State University

6.0%

Purdue University

6.0%

North Carolina State University

5.7%

Texas Tech University

5.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.7%

Northeastern University

5.7%

University of Kansas

5.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.3%

Washington State University

4.3%

Harvard University

3.9%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.9%

Western Washington University

3.5%

George Washington University

3.5%

Cornell University

3.5%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%
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Majors

Biology

17.4%

Psychology

8.0%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

6.8%

Business

6.7%

Mechanical Engineering

6.2%

Chemistry

6.1%

Computer Science

5.4%

Geology

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.0%

Chemical Engineering

4.5%

Nursing

3.9%

Environmental Science

3.8%

Civil Engineering

3.0%

Geography

3.0%

Biomedical Engineering

2.7%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.5%

Microbiology

2.4%

Neuroscience

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.6%

Masters

30.3%

Other

10.3%

Doctorate

9.9%

Certificate

3.1%

Associate

2.7%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$25,000
Min 10%
$38,000
Median 50%
$38,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
BB&T
Highest Paying City
Philadelphia, PA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Research Assistant/Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research Assistant/Technician in the United States is $38,197 per year or $18 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $25,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $57,000.

Real Research Assistant/Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Research & Technical Assistance International Economic Development Council, Inc. Washington, DC Nov 27, 2012 $76,875
Director, Research & Technical Assistance International Economic Development Council, Inc. Washington, DC May 10, 2012 $75,000
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Plainville, MA Dec 01, 2011 $57,000
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Mar 21, 2016 $55,000
Ophthalmology Research Assistant/Technician Pediatric Ophthalmology Associates, Inc. Columbus, OH Oct 20, 2014 $47,900 -
$60,000
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Mar 13, 2010 $47,250
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Research Specialist Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Oct 16, 2015 $46,185
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Oct 01, 2014 $45,000
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Jan 05, 2016 $44,512
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA May 01, 2016 $44,512
Research Assistant: CTR for Internet, Comms, and Tech Policy American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Washington, DC Jan 10, 2016 $44,000
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Jun 07, 2014 $43,493
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Jul 06, 2014 $43,493
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Mar 01, 2011 $43,076
Technical Research Assistant 2 Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Jan 01, 2011 $42,390
Technical Research Assistant 2 Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Jun 07, 2011 $42,390
Technical Research Assistant 2 Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA May 17, 2011 $42,390
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Jun 01, 2014 $42,016 -
$67,434
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Nov 01, 2009 $40,000
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Oct 13, 2015 $39,700
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Apr 07, 2014 $39,000
Technical Research Assistant 2 Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Dec 22, 2010 $38,854
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Mar 05, 2010 $38,854
Technical Research Assistant Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Jul 01, 2009 $37,544
Technical Research Assistant Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Aug 01, 2009 $37,544
Research Assistant II/Senior Biological Technician The Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology Philadelphia, PA Jan 05, 2015 $37,440
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Jan 09, 2016 $37,398
Technical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Sep 01, 2016 $37,398

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  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Laboratory Equipment
  3. Laboratory Procedures
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  • Performed lab equipment inventory control and logged in chemicals.
  • Organized and maintained laboratory area, operated laboratory equipment, and handled hazardous biological waste.
  • Assisted senior research associates in all functions of laboratory procedures.
  • Worked with protein expression systems from yeast, bacterial and mammalian cell cultures.RESEARCH
  • Initiated research projects and community activities by working alongside fellow biology students and professionals.

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