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Working As A Research 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

  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research 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 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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Average Length of Employment
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Trainee 0.8 years
Research Volunteer 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Research Specialist
Internship 9.1%
Cashier 3.8%
Volunteer 2.9%
Researcher 2.7%
Specialist 2.4%
Top Careers After Research Specialist
Consultant 5.6%
Scientist 5.1%
Internship 4.8%
Specialist 4.5%
Cashier 4.1%
Manager 3.3%
Instructor 3.2%
Associate 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$46,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
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$46,000
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$46,000
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$46,000
Median 50%
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$64,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Exxon Mobil
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Research Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research Specialist in the United States is $46,821 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $64,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Research Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Specialist III Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sep 19, 2019 $103,000
Research Specialist II Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sep 26, 2019 $100,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Mar 31, 2017 $90,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Feb 20, 2019 $87,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Mar 14, 2019 $85,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Mar 31, 2014 $85,000 -
$95,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jan 01, 2015 $80,000 -
$90,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jan 01, 2013 $75,000 -
$85,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute May 01, 2012 $75,000 -
$85,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jan 15, 2013 $70,000 -
$80,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jul 17, 2017 $70,000
Research Specialist I Howard Hughes Medical Institute Mar 01, 2011 $70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dec 16, 2011 $70,000 -
$80,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nov 15, 2011 $70,000 -
$80,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Apr 01, 2018 $70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Oct 01, 2013 $70,000 -
$80,000
Research Specialist I Howard Hughes Medical Institute Aug 27, 2018 $65,000
Research Specialist I Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jul 18, 2019 $65,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Aug 20, 2013 $65,000 -
$75,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dec 22, 2014 $65,000 -
$75,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Apr 01, 2013 $65,000 -
$75,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Oct 07, 2013 $65,000 -
$75,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Apr 15, 2011 $65,000 -
$75,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute May 16, 2011 $65,000 -
$75,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute May 16, 2012 $65,000 -
$75,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nov 01, 2012 $65,000 -
$85,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dec 10, 2018 $65,000 -
$75,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nov 10, 2018 $64,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Feb 01, 2019 $62,000 -
$72,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dec 19, 2018 $62,000 -
$72,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Oct 07, 2018 $61,845
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Oct 07, 2018 $61,589
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Feb 18, 2017 $60,000
Research Specialist I Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nov 20, 2017 $60,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jun 15, 2015 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Aug 06, 2015 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Oct 11, 2015 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dec 20, 2016 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute May 16, 2014 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nov 03, 2014 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jan 04, 2014 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dec 01, 2011 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nov 14, 2011 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jan 01, 2012 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jun 15, 2012 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jul 05, 2012 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Aug 08, 2012 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Mar 10, 2014 $57,000 -
$67,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute May 27, 2017 $56,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Aug 28, 2017 $56,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Aug 21, 2017 $56,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute May 01, 2017 $56,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Aug 01, 2013 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dec 20, 2013 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Specialist I Howard Hughes Medical Institute Feb 15, 2011 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Feb 12, 2012 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dec 25, 2011 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Apr 23, 2012 $55,000 -
$60,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jul 01, 2012 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Aug 06, 2012 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Oct 01, 2012 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nov 24, 2010 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nov 27, 2016 $54,000
Research Specialist I Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sep 16, 2009 $54,000 -
$64,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nov 20, 2018 $53,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute May 27, 2014 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sep 20, 2013 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nov 03, 2013 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jul 01, 2010 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jul 01, 2013 $45,000 -
$50,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute May 27, 2011 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Aug 27, 2012 $45,000 -
$55,000

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Top Skills for A Research Specialist

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Cell Culture
  3. Customer Service
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  • Calibrated lab equipment, briefed and monitored test participants overnight, and collected and analyzed human bio-behavioral data.
  • Maintained cell culture lines and experiments using strict aseptic techniques for 10+ laboratory members without using anti-bacterial or anti-fungal agents.
  • Interfaced daily providing excellent customer service via telephone, correspondence and email inquiries regarding plan benefits, eligibility and claim processing.
  • Coordinated data entry procedures necessary for the elimination of trucking reciprocity tax and subsequent refunds.
  • Assisted faculty with test construction and interpretation of test results and provided academic and administrative departments with personal computer technical support.

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Research Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

56.8%

Male

35.6%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Asian

12.7%

Black or African American

11.6%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.5%

French

11.6%

Chinese

7.0%

German

5.6%

Mandarin

4.8%

Italian

3.3%

Portuguese

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Russian

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Hindi

1.5%

Cantonese

1.4%

Turkish

1.2%

Thai

1.0%

Tagalog

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Swedish

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%
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Research Specialist Education

Schools

University of Pittsburgh -

12.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

9.5%

University of Arizona

8.0%

University of Pennsylvania

7.5%

Emory University

5.5%

University of California - Irvine

5.4%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.9%

North Carolina State University

4.6%

Arizona State University

4.3%

University of Connecticut

3.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.7%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.7%

Johns Hopkins University

3.7%

Drexel University

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.4%

Georgia State University

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3.4%

Ohio State University

3.2%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

19.0%

Biology

12.4%

Psychology

7.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

6.5%

Accounting

5.0%

Chemistry

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Public Health

4.4%

Nursing

4.2%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Finance

3.3%

Microbiology

3.2%

Communication

3.1%

Marketing

3.1%

Management

2.9%

Biotechnology

2.6%

Pharmacy

2.5%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.5%

Law

2.5%

Computer Science

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.8%

Masters

28.9%

Doctorate

10.6%

Associate

8.8%

High School Diploma

7.1%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.3%
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