Research consultants collect and analyze multiple types of data across a variety of formats and present research reports based on this information. Research and analytics companies, public institutions, and private businesses hire research consultants to work full-time shifts as part of a research team.
Research consultants plan research strategies, find and collect data, interpret and analyze information, write research reports on findings, verify the collected data, and present research to the clients or respective business executives. Essential skills required for the position include researching, analytical thinking, team management, mathematics, computer knowledge, and communication. Employers require research consultants to at least have a high school diploma or a GED. However, many require an industry-related bachelor's degree. Prior work experience in research analysis or data collection will be given preference.
The average hourly wage for a research consultant is $34.99, which amounts to $72,772 annually. Moreover, the career is projected to grow 20% and create over 139,000 new opportunities across the United States.