- What do researchers do? Labour market information
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- Research outside the higher education sector
- Social and market researcher
Social and market researcher
Between 2006 and 2009, 0.1% of doctoral graduates, or 15 employed doctoral graduates, are known to have been working as social or market researchers six months after graduation.
Market researchers are classified in the ‘other occupations' cluster of doctoral employment.
Market researchers are expected to apply for contracts to carry out research for private or public sector clients. They are often employed directly by organisations, but more often work for specialist research agencies, usually specialising in one sector such as social or consumer research. They design and manage research projects from beginning through to completion. This is often with the support of a team of researchers and/ or research assistants. Essential to the role is the collection, analysis and communication of qualitative and quantitative information. Findings of reports need to be presentable to a variety of audiences; therefore the presentation and writing experience that doctoral researchers bring can be extremely useful in these roles.