What does a Research Analyst do?

Research analysts scour public market information and glean valuable insights for the use of companies in buying, investing and selling products or services. Their specialty is condensing large amounts of information into workable financial advice for their clients. As a research analyst, you may specialize in finance, equity or investment markets, among other sectors. Your services may be provided on a freelance basis, you may work for an agency or you may be employed in-house within an organization. Those with experience in marketing, investment or company finance may pursue careers in research analysis.

Research analysts must, at a minimum, hold extensive background knowledge in the market they represent. Most often, a bachelor's or Master's degree in research analytics or a related field is required for employment. You must have strong organizational and communicative skills in order to process relevant information and convey it to clients or employers. Market research skills are also a requirement for this career.

What responsibilities are common for Research Analyst jobs?
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative research and consultation on relative markets
  • Keep up-to-date knowledge of the industry and related markets being researched
  • Understand the needs of the hiring organization or client in order to target research to their benefit
  • Contact companies and agencies who can provide useful financial data
  • Create clear and useful reports and recommendations for organizational use
  • Communicate with business leaders, financial officers and market representatives
  • Interpret markets to conclude financial recommendations for clients
  • Advise businesses to buy or sell products based on market insights
What are the typical qualifications for Research Analyst jobs?
  • Firm grasp on the financial decision-making process within the company or organization of employment
  • Experience collecting, interpreting and organizing data
  • Additional certifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) are preferred
  • Ability to prepare extensive reports and present findings to companies with clear and concise action advice
  • Working knowledge of the target industry and market
  • Advanced speaking and report-writing skills for effective communication
  • Attention to details and a commitment to accuracy
  • Ability to keep sensitive business financial information confidential
  • Ability to keep sensitive business financial information confidential
EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Research Analyst make?

$73,043 /yr
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Research Analyst Career Path

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University of California - Office of the PresidentUniversity of California - Office of the President
Institutional Research Analyst
Aug 18, 2022

“Working for one of the best public research university systems in the world is exciting and impactful.”

Assured Investment ManagementAssured Investment Management
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Mar 30, 2021

“Unstructured management; fund performance was not the best while I was there (2016)”

Netrika Consulting & InvestigationsNetrika Consulting & Investigations
Research Analyst
Nov 9, 2022

“Its a good company if you're starting your career and looking to learn new things about your job profile”

Research Analyst Intern
Nov 23, 2022

“Overall it’s a great place to work and I’ve really loved working here as an intern.”

Research Analyst
Jan 30, 2023

“The company is great and the CEO Mr Chinmay is one of the best leaders to work with.”

ESG Research Analyst
May 3, 2023

“It is a great place to learn things and start your journey as a corporate employee.”

Instructor BrandonInstructor Brandon
Research Analyst
Feb 4, 2023

“I've had the best experience of my life working with helpful bosses and staff.”

Research Analyst
Mar 25, 2021

“In my opinion one of the most important things a job can provide is a good work/life balance.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Research Analyst

When working as a Research Analyst, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Arabic, Critical Thinking, Network Analysis, Turkish, and Researching.

The most similar professions to Research Analyst are:
  • Research Fellow
  • Research Consultant
  • Research Manager
  • Researcher

The most common qualifications to become a Research Analyst include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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