Market Research Analyst
Do you like looking at graphs, and understanding data? This job field has the fastest growth rate of any of the career spotlights so far.
2017 Median Pay: $63,230/year, $30.40/hour
Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree
On-the-job Training: None
Number of Jobs, 2016: 595,400
Job Outlook 2016-26: 23% (much faster than average)
Employment Change 2016-26: 138,300
What They 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.
Because most industries use market research, these analysts are employed throughout the economy. This means you could work for a variety of different industries and businesses because economic fluctuation is important to all of them!
Most analysts work full time during regular business hours. Some work under pressure of deadlines and tight schedules.
How To Become One
Most market research analysts need at least a bachelor’s degree. Some research positions may require a master’s degree. Strong math and analytical skills are essential.
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Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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