Researcher job description

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Description

Researchers are responsible for collecting, organizing, and analyzing opinions and data to solve problems, explore issues, and predict trends. They may specialize in different areas such as sociology, medicine, psychology, science, among other fields. Professionals working on the social sector study the public´s opinion about services, parties, social issues, political campaigns, personalities, etc. Specialists dedicated to the marketing sector are required to design and administer surveys to study what people are most likely to purchase.

Researchers usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Administering surveys.
• Creating reports.
• Reviewing other studies.
• Analyzing data.
• Overseeing particular projects.

Skills

• Having IT skills.
• Being able to think visually.
• Having interpersonal skills.
• Being detail-oriented.
• Having problem solving skills.
• Being proactive.
• Having good written and verbal communication skills.
• Being persistent and patient.
• Having advanced analytical skills.
• Being able to develop original research agendas.

Education

Researcher jobs have not specific education requirements for applicants. Generally those who want to work in this field are required to have a Specialist Subject or Degree related to this field, including relevant work experience. A good recommendation for candidates who want to explore consumers´ opinions and demands is having a Bachelor´s Degree in Economics or Business Administration. Applicants having a good background in Engineering and Statistics are suitable for job opportunities in analytical research and industrial areas.  A Master´s Degree in Political Science or Sociology is very useful for candidates who want to have better job opportunities at higher level positions. Several professionals working on this field started working as interviewers, research assistants, or survey workers and then moved to other positions.

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