What does a Research Consultant do?

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.

What responsibilities are common for Research Consultant jobs?
  • Responsible for data collection and analysis, working closely with IEO evaluation managers.
  • Provide direct support to the implementation of IEO's evaluations and synthesis.
  • Supporting the development of communities of practice, and partnering with professional evaluation networks to improve evaluation utility and credibility.
  • Data sources include internal and external documents, UNDP enterprise resource planning systems, key informant interviews, focus groups, surveys and questionnaires.
What are the typical qualifications for Research Consultant jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, computer science, or engineering.
  • Hands-on experience with a range of frameworks and operating systems.
  • Exhibit strong leadership and problem solving skills.
  • Experience with scripting and writing protocols.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Research Consultant make?

Research Consultant Career Path

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Research Consultant

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
16%
2 - 4
39%
5 - 7
8%
8+
37%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Research Consultant Insights

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Coherent Market InsightsCoherent Market Insights
Research Consultant
Feb 23, 2021

“I got the opportunity to work alongside some of the most brilliant research consultants in the industry.”

Reach3 InsightsReach3 Insights
Research Consultant
Dec 8, 2021

“I really hope they treat the next person they fire better than they did me.”

MBrainMBrain
Senior Research Consultant
Oct 8, 2021

“No salary review and no role development.”

quantilopequantilope
Research Consultant
May 20, 2022

“But I do believe that this message is not clearly communicated when interviewing with the company and having regular L&D talks about your career prospects.”

Queen Mary, University of LondonQueen Mary, University of London
Research Consultant
Oct 29, 2020

“Contract was only 1 month so could not see full business development”

SRI ExecutiveSRI Executive
Research Consultant
Jan 9, 2022

“many career development opportunities depending on personal's goal”

American AirlinesAmerican Airlines
Ops Research Consultant
May 1, 2021

“great people to work with”

BCI CentralBCI Central
Research Consultant
Feb 17, 2021

“Good work life balance”

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

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