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Working As A Research Support 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

  • $52,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Support 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 Support 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
Support Specialist 2.4 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Aide 1.2 years
Research Trainee 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Research Support Specialist
Internship 10.5%
Volunteer 6.3%
Tutor 2.8%
Technician 2.5%
Researcher 2.5%
Top Careers After Research Support Specialist
Internship 6.6%
Instructor 3.9%
Owner 3.3%
Tutor 3.3%
Specialist 3.3%
Fellow 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$52,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
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$89,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Charles River Systems
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Research Support Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research Support Specialist in the United States is $52,364 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $89,000.

Real Research Support Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Support Specialist Linkshare Corporation New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $158,513 -
$193,738
Research Support Specialist Research Foundation of S.U.N.Y. New York, NY Mar 03, 2010 $93,000
Research Support Specialist Research Foundation of S.U.N.Y. New York, NY Feb 24, 2010 $93,000
Senior Research Support Specialist Research Foundation of The State University of New Stony Brook, NY Jun 23, 2014 $85,000
Senior Research Support Specialist Research Foundation of The State University of New York Islandia, NY Oct 17, 2016 $81,600
Research Support Specialist The Rockefeller University New York, NY Jan 26, 2015 $75,000
Research Support Specialist The Rockefeller University New York, NY Apr 30, 2012 $73,000
Research Support Specialist IV Yale University New Haven, CT Feb 29, 2012 $71,788
Research Support Specialist The Rockefeller University New York, NY Jan 14, 2013 $70,000
Research Support Specialist The Rockefeller University New York, NY Apr 11, 2011 $70,000
Research Support Specialist The Rockefeller University New York, NY Jan 18, 2013 $69,100
Research Support Specialist The Rockefeller University New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $67,700
Senior Research Support Specialist The Research Foundation for The State University of New York New York, NY Jul 14, 2015 $65,000
Research Support Specialist Linkshare Corporation New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $57,780
Senior Research Support Specialist The Research Foundation for Suny Albany, NY Jan 03, 2016 $56,000
Senior Research Support Specialist Research Foundation of Suny Albany, College of Nan Albany, NY May 20, 2011 $55,708
Senior Research Support Specialist Research Foundation of Suny at Buffalo Buffalo, NY Mar 01, 2011 $54,888
Senior Research Support Specialist Research Foundation of Suny at Buffalo Buffalo, NY Mar 01, 2014 $54,434
Research Support Specialist II Cornell University Ithaca, NY Apr 01, 2013 $54,413
Operations Research Implementation & Support Specialist BNSF Railway Company Fort Worth, TX Jan 08, 2016 $53,900 -
$89,900
Senior Research Support Specialist The Research Foundation for The State University of New York Rensselaer, NY Jan 06, 2016 $52,020
Senior Research Support Specialist Research Foundation of S.U.N.Y. New York, NY Jul 01, 2011 $43,451
Senior Research Support Specialist The Research Foundation of State University of New Albany, NY Sep 01, 2013 $42,286
Research Support Specialist Research Foundation of The State University of New Stony Brook, NY Sep 15, 2010 $42,120
Senior Research Support Specialist The Research Foundation for The State University O Albany, NY Apr 13, 2014 $42,100
Senior Research Support Specialist Research Foundation of The State University of New Stony Brook, NY Mar 01, 2012 $42,000
Senior Research Support Specialist The Research Foundation of State University of New Albany, NY Jul 01, 2012 $42,000

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Top Skills for A Research Support Specialist

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Research Support
  3. Research Projects
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  • Provided administrative and research support for all research projects, executive office, accounting, and property managers for the Institute.
  • Recruited patients for research projects and communicated with interdepartmental medical personnel to promote CAM research projects.
  • Completed basic data analysis and gathered descriptive statistics including calculations of frequencies and means.
  • Created relevant reports by detailed data collection and frequent quality assurance checks.
  • Developed business communications, fielded, prioritized and routed incoming calls and performed data entry and reporting.

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  2. Minnesota
  3. Delaware
  4. Washington
  5. North Carolina
  6. District of Columbia
  7. New York
  8. Rhode Island
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Research Support Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

54.4%

Male

32.9%

Unknown

12.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

10.5%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.8%

Chinese

13.2%

Mandarin

10.5%

German

7.9%

Russian

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%

Marathi

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

French

2.6%

Carrier

2.6%

Hindi

2.6%

Hebrew

2.6%

Korean

2.6%

Italian

2.6%
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Research Support Specialist Education

Schools

State University of New York Stony Brook

17.3%

State University of New York Albany

9.6%

State University of New York Buffalo

9.6%

Cornell University

8.7%

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

7.7%

University of Miami

4.8%

Eastern Michigan University

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

University of Phoenix

3.8%

Delaware Valley University

2.9%

Northeastern University

2.9%

State University of New York College at Buffalo

2.9%

Hunter College of the City University of New York

2.9%

Fordham University

2.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.9%

Clarkson University

2.9%

Florida State University

2.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

1.9%

University of Maryland - University College

1.9%
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Majors

Business

15.5%

Biology

13.5%

Psychology

9.2%

Public Health

7.2%

Health Care Administration

6.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.8%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

5.3%

Chemistry

4.8%

Social Work

3.4%

Physics

3.4%

Medical Assisting Services

2.9%

Marketing

2.9%

Biotechnology

2.9%

Computer Science

2.4%

General Studies

2.4%

Mental Health Counseling

2.4%

English

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%
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Degrees

Masters

35.9%

Bachelors

35.7%

Other

11.7%

Doctorate

7.0%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

4.0%
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