Research consultants perform research or investigative services for a business or client, typically as a freelancer or independent contractor. They work in a broad range of industries, including business, healthcare, publishing, science, and legal services. They often research technical or complex subjects, but may also gather business intelligence for competitive analysis or market research purposes. They compile a report or briefing summarizing their findings, which is often packaged with more thorough annotated documentation of the entire project.
Research consultants typically have an advanced degree in their field, although a bachelor’s degree combined with extensive relevant professional experience may be acceptable. They must have well developed research and investigative skills, and be proficient with a wide range of online resources and databases. These roles require excellent writing skills.
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