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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

  • $50,000

    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 Analyst 2.0 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Trainee 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
$50,000
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$32,000
Min 10%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Exxon Mobil
Highest Paying City
Berkeley, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
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 $50,822 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $79,000.

Real Research Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Specialists Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Houston, TX Jan 29, 2015 $146,500 -
$249,100
Principal Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Youngstown, NY Mar 09, 2015 $132,000 -
$142,000
Research Specialist Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Sep 17, 2016 $126,381 -
$202,500
Product Research Specialist Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 19, 2016 $123,522 -
$152,800
Research Specialist 3M Company Saint Paul, MN Aug 31, 2015 $119,505
Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Aug 24, 2016 $115,000
Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Sep 09, 2015 $115,000
Research Specialist Sinopec Tech Houston LLC Houston, TX Jun 15, 2016 $113,000 -
$177,500
Research Specialist 3M Company Saint Paul, MN Aug 31, 2015 $112,699
Research Specialist 3M Company Saint Paul, MN Jun 09, 2016 $111,992
Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Sep 26, 2015 $108,000
Research Specialist, Polymer Science 3M Company Saint Paul, MN Apr 02, 2015 $107,961
Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Nov 09, 2015 $107,000
Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Sep 11, 2015 $107,000
Research Specialist 2 Georgetown University Washington, DC Jan 12, 2016 $59,000
Research Specialist C Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Jan 01, 2016 $58,898
Research Specialist Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Sep 22, 2015 $58,802
Research Area Specialist Intermediate University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jul 28, 2015 $58,802
Research Area Specialist Intermediate University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Dec 28, 2015 $58,233
Electronic Research Specialist Texas State University San Marcos, TX Feb 01, 2015 $58,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute New York, NY Dec 15, 2016 $58,000
Research Specialist University of Illinois Urbana, IL Oct 20, 2015 $49,884
Research Specialist C Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Dec 01, 2015 $49,862
Research Specialist Johrei Institute Tucson, AZ Oct 31, 2015 $49,170
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute New York, NY Jun 16, 2015 $49,000 -
$59,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Madison, WI Nov 16, 2015 $49,000 -
$55,000
Research Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Boulder, CO Jan 06, 2016 $49,000 -
$59,000
Research Specialist The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Nov 01, 2015 $49,000

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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.
  • Executed additional responsibilities and tasks incidental to Cell Culture activities.
  • Interfaced daily providing excellent customer service via telephone, correspondence and email inquiries regarding plan benefits, eligibility and claim processing.
  • Conducted data entry and analysis -Co-authored Osteoporosis/Menopausal research papers -Performed muscle strength tests and general health checks
  • 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

54.1%

Male

32.8%

Unknown

13.1%
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 Phoenix

11.0%

University of Pittsburgh -

10.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

8.0%

University of Arizona

7.5%

University of Pennsylvania

5.6%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.4%

Emory University

5.0%

North Carolina State University

4.2%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.1%

University of California - Irvine

4.1%

Drexel University

4.0%

Temple University

3.6%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.6%

University of Illinois University Administration

3.5%

Johns Hopkins University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

Georgia State University

3.3%

University of Connecticut

3.3%
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Majors

Business

20.3%

Biology

12.9%

Psychology

6.7%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

6.0%

Health Care Administration

4.9%

Accounting

4.8%

Chemistry

4.6%

Nursing

4.0%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Public Health

3.5%

Finance

3.4%

Marketing

3.3%

Communication

3.1%

Management

3.1%

Microbiology

2.8%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.7%

Law

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Sociology

2.5%

Political Science

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.7%

Masters

29.2%

Other

15.1%

Doctorate

11.5%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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