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Working As A Trade Analyst

  • 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

  • $66,276

    Average Salary

What Does A Trade Analyst 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 Trade Analyst

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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Trade Analyst Career Paths

Trade Analyst
Portfolio Manager Assistant Vice President Office Manager
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Portfolio Manager Finance Advisor
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Associate Senior Manager Senior Manager Of Marketing
Director Of Consumer Marketing
11 Yearsyrs
Pricing Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Manager
Director Of Sales And Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Associate Associate Director Research Director
Director, Market Research
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Office Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Senior Consultant Product Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Marketing Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Pricing Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Product Manager
Key Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Compliance Analyst Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Trader Portfolio Manager
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Finance Analyst Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Compliance Analyst Assistant Vice President Program Manager
Portfolio Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Business Analyst Marketing Manager
Regional Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Trader Finance Advisor Assistant Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Trade Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

59.6%

Female

36.2%

Unknown

4.2%
Ethnicity

White

69.3%

Asian

15.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Unknown

2.5%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.3%

Mandarin

12.1%

French

11.5%

Chinese

9.6%

Portuguese

7.6%

Japanese

5.1%

Italian

4.5%

German

3.8%

Hindi

2.5%

Korean

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Cantonese

1.9%

Bulgarian

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

Telugu

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Tigrinya

0.6%
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Trade Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.4%

New York University

7.7%

Villanova University

7.7%

Columbia University

6.3%

Wayne State University

5.6%

DePaul University

5.6%

Syracuse University

4.9%

Fordham University

4.9%

Cornell University

4.9%

University of Houston

4.9%

University of Chicago

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.2%

Temple University

4.2%

Duke University

4.2%

Drexel University

4.2%

George Washington University

3.5%

Pace University - New York

3.5%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.5%

Eastern Michigan University

3.5%

Montclair State University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

30.2%

Finance

25.4%

Economics

8.4%

Accounting

7.9%

Management

3.9%

International Business

3.7%

Marketing

3.7%

Political Science

2.3%

Supply Chain Management

1.9%

Law

1.8%

International Relations

1.8%

Mathematics

1.6%

Computer Science

1.1%

Criminal Justice

1.1%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.0%

History

1.0%

General Studies

0.8%

Education

0.8%

Management Science

0.8%

Management Information Systems

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.1%

Masters

33.5%

Other

9.0%

Associate

2.4%

Certificate

2.3%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Trade Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quantitative Trading Analyst Viking Global Investors LP New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $275,000
Quantitative Trading Analyst Viking Global Investors LP Greenwich, CT Aug 24, 2014 $175,000
Trade Capture Analyst (Volcker Program) Barclays Capital Inc. New York, NY Mar 02, 2015 $165,000
Trading Analyst Odeon Capital Group LLC New York, NY Jan 13, 2016 $155,000
Quantitative Trading Analyst Bex, LLC Chicago, IL Dec 20, 2015 $150,000
Volatility Trading Analyst Arrowgrass Capital Partners (Us) LP New York, NY Dec 01, 2013 $142,438 -
$242,438
Algorithmic Trading Analyst Vatic Operations Ny LLC New York, NY Nov 23, 2015 $140,000
Algorithmic Trading Analyst Vatic Operations LLC New York, NY Oct 28, 2015 $140,000
Trading Analyst Freepoint Commodities LLC Stamford, CT Sep 30, 2014 $131,000
Electonic Trade Analyst Bunge Global Markets, Inc. Chicago, IL Mar 31, 2016 $126,670
Trading Analyst Societe Generale New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $125,000
International Trade Analyst Yankee Clipper Distribution of Brunswick, Inc. North Brunswick, NJ Oct 02, 2013 $122,650
Senior Fixed Income Trading Analyst Franklin Templeton Investments San Mateo, CA Oct 16, 2014 $86,341 -
$100,000
Trade Desk Analyst Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Aug 15, 2014 $86,000
International Trade Analyst Hansair Logistics, Inc. Lake Forest, CA Apr 02, 2014 $85,000
Sales & Trading Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Aug 28, 2016 $85,000
Trading Services Analyst Y-Axis, Inc. New York, NY Jun 24, 2016 $85,000
Quantitative Trading Analyst Cutler Group LP San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Sales & Trading Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Analyst, Trading Strategy Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Feb 16, 2016 $85,000 -
$105,000
Quantitative Trading Analyst Lee Johnson Capital Management, LLC Fort Worth, TX Jan 10, 2016 $69,000
Trading Analyst Quasar Trading, LLC New York, NY Sep 02, 2015 $67,200
Quantitative Trading Analyst Rosenthal Collins Group, LLC Chicago, IL Aug 30, 2014 $67,142
Trade Analyst Christian DIOR Perfumes LLC Miami, FL Oct 01, 2014 $67,000 -
$80,000
Gas Trading Analyst Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Baltimore, MD Mar 22, 2013 $66,186
Officer; MO Trade Cntrl Analyst Mkts Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Dec 10, 2016 $65,749 -
$85,000
Trade Settlement Analyst Van Eck Associates Corporation New York, NY Feb 15, 2016 $65,700

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Top Skills for A Trade Analyst

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Top Trade Analyst Skills

  1. Financial Advisors
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. International Trade Data
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided operational and technical support to financial advisors and staff via incoming inquiries.
  • Conducted analysis of import data to ensure compliance with U.S. trade agreements, tariff provisions, or other established import controls.
  • Collected, analyzed, edited and reported international trade data for the textile industry.
  • Work closely with senior management on the validation and enhancement of existing equity surveillance reports.
  • Determine client positions relative to policy targets which forms the basis for making trading decisions by the Portfolio Management team.

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