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Working As A Research Trainee

  • 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

  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Trainee 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 Trainee

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 Fellow 2.4 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Trainee 1.0 years
Research Volunteer 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Research Trainee
Internship 21.9%
Trainee 7.8%
Volunteer 5.4%
Researcher 3.2%
Tutor 3.0%
Observer 2.2%
Physician 1.8%
Lecturer 1.8%
Top Careers After Research Trainee
Internship 7.7%
Volunteer 3.2%
Trainee 2.9%
Scientist 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$45,000
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$40,000
Min 10%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
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$50,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Mayo Clinic
Highest Paying City
Houston, TX
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
0.8 years
How much does a Research Trainee make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research Trainee in the United States is $45,113 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $40,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $50,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Research Trainee Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Post-Doctoral Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Jan 11, 2016 $62,443
Post-Doc Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Aug 29, 2016 $56,954
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Jan 13, 2014 $54,000
Post-Doctoral Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Jan 10, 2016 $52,425
Research Postdoctoral Trainee William Beaumont Hospital Mar 03, 2011 $50,714
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Nov 01, 2014 $49,884
Post-Doc Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Sep 15, 2015 $48,168
Post-Doc Research Trainee North Shore-LIJ Health System Jul 01, 2014 $48,147
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Oct 01, 2015 $48,000
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Jun 01, 2015 $48,000
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Oct 22, 2012 $47,820
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Jul 01, 2014 $47,300
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Jan 01, 2011 $41,566
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Jun 02, 2014 $41,364
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Jul 01, 2011 $41,200
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Sep 20, 2011 $41,000
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Jun 16, 2014 $41,000
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Dec 01, 2012 $39,756
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Feb 13, 2012 $39,756
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Jan 01, 2012 $39,696
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Jan 01, 2012 $39,396
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Feb 01, 2013 $39,264
Postdoctoral Research Trainee The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Oct 01, 2014 $39,246

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Top Skills for A Research Trainee

  1. Cell Culture
  2. Lab Equipment
  3. DNA
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted extensive research on Sickle Cell Anemia in children by studying, evaluating and reviewing Sickle Cell cultures.
  • Calibrated lab equipment, briefed and monitored test participants overnight, and collected and analyzed human bio-behavioral data.
  • Worked on rabies vaccine production from chick embryo and extraction of DNA and RNA from animal tissue and cells.
  • Performed Biochemical and Molecular Biology experimental procedures, developing and troubleshooting preparations as needed for specific research requirements.
  • Learned how to operate a Transmission Electron Microscope to collect images from carbon-coated grids containing flash-frozen proteins.

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Top 10 Best States for Research Trainees

  1. New York
  2. West Virginia
  3. New Jersey
  4. Delaware
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Rhode Island
  7. North Carolina
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Connecticut
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Research Trainee Demographics

Gender

Female

49.6%

Male

39.9%

Unknown

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

39.0%

Asian

32.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

6.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.0%

French

17.4%

Hindi

6.5%

Chinese

5.4%

Dutch

3.3%

Korean

3.3%

German

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Mandarin

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Swedish

1.1%

Marathi

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Tamil

1.1%

Berta

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%
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Research Trainee Education

Schools

Northeastern University

15.7%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

6.5%

University of South Florida

5.6%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.6%

More Tech Institute

5.6%

Boston University

4.6%

Indiana Institute of Technology

4.6%

Harvard University

4.6%

University of Texas at Austin

4.6%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.6%

Florida State University

4.6%

University of Connecticut

3.7%

University of Tennessee-Health Science Center

3.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.7%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

Cornell University

3.7%
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Majors

Biotechnology

14.0%

Biology

13.1%

Pharmacy

10.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

8.3%

Chemistry

8.1%

Microbiology

4.3%

Psychology

4.3%

Mechanical Engineering

4.3%

Biomedical Engineering

4.1%

Medicine

3.6%

Public Health

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.4%

Chemical Engineering

3.4%

Business

2.7%

Genetics

2.5%

Biomedical Sciences

2.3%

Engineering

2.0%

Physics

2.0%

Computer Science

1.8%

Finance

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.0%

Masters

35.0%

Doctorate

16.4%

Certificate

1.5%

Associate

0.4%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%

High School Diploma

0.1%
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