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Working As A Senior 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

  • $67,489

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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 Fellow 2.3 years
Research Leader 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 4.3%
Instructor 3.5%
Manager 2.6%
Consultant 2.0%
Fellow 1.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.9%
Scientist 7.9%
Manager 5.3%
Specialist 3.7%
Analyst 3.7%
Supervisor 3.2%

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Senior Research Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

50.2%

Male

44.1%

Unknown

5.7%
Ethnicity

White

56.5%

Asian

14.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

13.7%

Arabic

7.8%

German

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Portuguese

3.9%

Chinese

3.9%

Persian

3.9%

Mandarin

3.9%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Romanian

2.0%

Hebrew

2.0%

Serbian

2.0%

Amharic

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Senior Research Specialist Education

Schools

University of Arizona

19.1%

Johns Hopkins University

9.9%

Emory University

6.9%

University of Phoenix

6.1%

Oklahoma State University

6.1%

University of Wisconsin Extension

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Northwestern University

4.6%

Arizona State University

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3.8%

New York University

3.1%

National University

3.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.1%

Michigan State University

3.1%

Purdue University

3.1%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

2.3%

Ohio State University

2.3%

Drexel University

2.3%
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Majors

Business

17.2%

Biology

14.3%

Chemistry

11.5%

Psychology

6.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.0%

Finance

4.3%

Biotechnology

4.3%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

3.9%

Public Health

3.6%

Pharmacy

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

Nursing

3.2%

Management

2.9%

Microbiology

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Education

2.2%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

2.2%

Public Administration

2.2%

Sociology

2.2%
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Degrees

Masters

33.9%

Bachelors

30.0%

Doctorate

18.6%

Other

11.6%

Certificate

3.1%

Associate

2.2%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Senior Research Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Jan 15, 2016 $132,364
Visiting Senior Research Specialist University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Sep 16, 2015 $130,000
SR. Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Apr 15, 2014 $130,000
SR. Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Jun 12, 2014 $130,000
SR. Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Oct 01, 2014 $121,595
Senior Operations Resarch Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Apr 16, 2015 $120,701
Senior Research Expert Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Bentonville, AR Sep 30, 2016 $115,000
Research Area Specialist SR. Merit Network Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Dec 02, 2016 $114,254
Senior Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Aug 20, 2015 $105,370 -
$135,093
Senior Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Mar 06, 2015 $105,370 -
$135,093
Senior Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute, Inc. Cary, NC Jun 02, 2014 $105,370
Senior Research Specialist University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Nov 16, 2016 $95,417
Senior Specialist In Education Research Family Health International Washington, DC May 01, 2014 $95,000 -
$115,000
Vstg Senior Research Specialist In Public Health/Instructor University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Jul 16, 2015 $93,734
Research Area Specialist Senior University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Feb 01, 2016 $68,500
Senior Research Specialist I The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Jul 02, 2013 $68,391
Senior Operations Research Specialist BNSF Railway Company Fort Worth, TX Sep 02, 2014 $66,800 -
$111,300
Senior Operations Research Specialist BNSF Railway Company Fort Worth, TX Jan 08, 2015 $66,800 -
$111,300
Senior Operations Research Specialist BNSF Railway Company Fort Worth, TX Dec 24, 2014 $66,800 -
$111,300
Senior Research Specialist West Virginia University Morgantown, WV Oct 01, 2015 $65,761
Senior Research Specialist University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL May 16, 2015 $65,520
Research Specialist Senior Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Jul 01, 2014 $55,000
Research Specialist Senior Vanderbilt University Franklin, TN Jan 01, 2015 $55,000
Senior Research Specialist Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Sep 01, 2014 $54,913
Senior Research Specialist University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Apr 16, 2016 $54,912
Senior Research Specialist University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Dec 23, 2016 $54,912
Senior Research Grant/Contract Specialist Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Sep 05, 2016 $54,558

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  • Supervised technicians in the proper techniques of cell culture and general laboratory procedures.
  • Reduced the rate of in-vivo experiment failure from 30% to 1% by improving research procedures and apparatus.
  • Performed agricultural client service for lab personnel and field personnel.
  • Assisted in the investigation of Receptor-linked proteins using current cloning and DNA manipulative techniques including PCR and bacterial cell culture.
  • Conducted market research via telephone interviews & surveys using a computerized (CATI) system, and internet data capture.

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