What does a Researcher do?

Researchers work in almost every industry and are hired to recognize patterns and locate, analyze, and interpret data. They work in fields including academia, science, medicine, finance, and other sectors. Their workload depends upon and is influenced by their research goals. They cultivate information and gather data using the internet, books, published articles, surveys, and interviews. They interpret research specifications and develop a work plan that satisfies requirements.

Researchers analyze and interpret patterns and trends and record findings through written notes and appropriate software. They conduct desktop research and using books, journal articles, newspaper sources, questionnaires, surveys, and interviews. They maintain and protect electronic databases, write proposals, and deliver presentations. They report problems that arise to relevant stakeholders and follow a strict code of ethics by protecting confidential information at all times. A researcher needs a bachelor's degree in research or similar field-proven experience in a research field and a sound understanding of research methodologies.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
14%
2 - 4
41%
5 - 7
23%
8+
22%

Common Skill Sets

JAVA Scala
Statistics
Machine Learning
Python
Excellent Communication
NoSQL
Big Data
Hadoop

Researcher Seniority Levels

Post Doctorate Research Associate
3% made the transition
Research Instructor
5% made the transition
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Researcher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$66,762 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$35K
Median: $67K
$126K
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