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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

  • $62,150

    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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Research Support Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

58.2%

Male

37.8%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

76.9%

Asian

11.5%

Hispanic or Latino

8.9%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.7%

Chinese

10.7%

German

10.7%

Mandarin

10.7%

Russian

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%

Japanese

3.6%

French

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Hebrew

3.6%

Korean

3.6%
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Research Support Specialist Education

Schools

State University of New York Stony Brook

14.9%

Cornell University

13.4%

State University of New York Albany

9.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

7.5%

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

7.5%

Clarkson University

4.5%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.0%

Eastern Michigan University

3.0%

University of South Florida

3.0%

Texas Southern University

3.0%

University of Washington

3.0%

Drexel University

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

Fordham University

3.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.0%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.0%

Wilson College

3.0%

Florida International University

3.0%

University of Cincinnati

3.0%
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Majors

Biology

14.7%

Business

9.5%

Public Health

8.6%

Psychology

8.6%

Health Care Administration

6.0%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.2%

Social Work

4.3%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

4.3%

Chemistry

4.3%

Biomedical Sciences

3.4%

Computer Science

3.4%

Food Science

3.4%

Communication

3.4%

Human Resources Management

3.4%

Sociology

3.4%

Biotechnology

3.4%

Microbiology

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.6%

Nursing

2.6%

Environmental Science

2.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.1%

Masters

33.5%

Other

14.6%

Doctorate

8.6%

Associate

4.3%

Certificate

3.0%
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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 Apr 11, 2011 $70,000
Research Support Specialist The Rockefeller University New York, NY Jan 14, 2013 $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
Research Support Specialist The Rockefeller University New York, NY Jul 18, 2013 $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 The Research Foundation of State University of New Albany, NY Jul 01, 2012 $42,000
Senior Research Support Specialist Research Foundation of The State University of New Stony Brook, NY Mar 01, 2012 $42,000

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Top Skills for A Research Support Specialist

LaboratoryProceduresResearchSupportPrincipalInvestigatorsResearchProjectsDataCollectionDataEntryDNAIRBPCRClinicalInterviewPowerpointDataAnalysisResearchProtocolsRegulatoryResearchStaffHighVacuumStudyParticipantsLiteratureReviewsSpssStatisticalAnalysis

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Top Research Support Specialist Skills

  1. Laboratory Procedures
  2. Research Support
  3. Principal Investigators
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided excellent, fast and detailed customer research support BOA merchant and personal accounts.
  • Interfaced with principal investigators on design issues, device modifications, and fabrication of equipment.
  • Provided administrative and research support for all research projects, executive office, accounting, and property managers for the Institute.
  • Created relevant reports by detailed data collection and frequent quality assurance checks.
  • Managed data on a daily basis through efficient data entry and quality assurance activities.

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