Research Analyst

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What is a Research Analyst

Research Analysts use their understanding of data and statistics to reveal hidden opportunities that businesses use to increase their profitability and impact.

You could be working in many different industries, enabling a diverse range of companies to meet their goals and aspirations.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Developing expertise in the data behind a specific industry or sector.
  • Using computer software to draw valuable insights from data.
  • Converting insights into clear recommendations that deliver increased revenue for businesses.

Getting in and Qualifications


There are different pathways to becoming a Research Analyst.

Useful subjects:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Computer Science

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


Apprenticeships provide both relevant qualifications and paid work.

For a career as a Research Analyst then Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science would be a good option.

Many Research Analysts have degrees in the following subjects:

  •  Data Science
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Marketing

National 5 qualifications and a minimum of three Highers or a relevant HNC/HND is normally required for entry into a degree course.

Another way to develop the necessary skills to become a Research Analyst is to secure an entry-level role (for example as a Research Assistant) and gain experience alongside fully qualified researchers. Many research companies offer training schemes that equip employees with the required skills for promotion at a later date.

Membership of an industry organisation can be a valuable way to build contacts within the industry and land a suitable role.