Market Research Analyst  What They Do

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Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists Career Video



Researches market conditions in local, regional, or national areas, or gathers information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or creates a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.

This career is part of the Marketing cluster Marketing Research pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares reports of findings, illustrating data graphically and translating complex findings into written text.
  • Collects and analyzes data on customer demographics, preferences, needs, and buying habits to identify potential markets and factors affecting product demand.
  • Conducts research on consumer opinions and marketing strategies, collaborating with marketing professionals, statisticians, pollsters, and other professionals.
  • Measures and assesses customer and employee satisfaction.
  • Devises and evaluates methods and procedures for collecting data, such as surveys, opinion polls, or questionnaires, or arrange to obtain existing data.
  • Measures the effectiveness of marketing, advertising, and communications programs and strategies.
  • Seeks and provides information to help companies determine their position in the marketplace.
  • Forecasts and tracks marketing and sales trends, analyzing collected data.
  • Gathers data on competitors and analyzes their prices, sales, and method of marketing and distribution.
  • Monitors industry statistics and follows trends in trade literature.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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