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.

What responsibilities are common for Researcher jobs?
  • Deliver research goals against the team's roadmap, ensure execution against the goals and timelines.
  • Assist with data validation and complete some data entry.
  • Assist senior staff with op-ed research and writing for mass consumption.
  • Manage the laboratory and biorepository against KPIs and metrics.
  • Ensure workload is prioritized and allocated among the team.
  • Incorporate both qualitative and quantitative research approaches into research efforts.
  • Interns are expected to work one to two full days per week, depending upon availability and funding limitations.
  • Design data collection forms and procedures for research projects.
  • Collect and analyze AM build data, including in-situ process monitoring data.
  • Attend internal strategy and staff meetings, including research meetings with collaborate programmatic departments.
  • Communicate and present findings to key stakeholders and management.
  • Oversee and perform the recruitment efforts, electronic health record clinical data curation, and abstraction.
  • Participate in webinars, conferences, and other opportunities for sharing of research findings.
  • Work on collaborative teams including product design, software engineering, and clients to realize the strategic goals.
  • Participation in the design implementations and evaluation of research studies.
  • Provide high-level background and technical guidance to staff, partners, journalists, and donors.
  • Advise internal teams on appropriate custom research offerings for campaigns/sponsorships.
What are the typical qualifications for Researcher jobs?
  • Graduate or Bachelor's Degree in computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics or other relevant subjects and demonstrated experience.
  • Experience with C, R Language, C#, Gdb, OLLYDBG, Agile, and Python software and systems.
  • Comfortable making network analysis and using natural language processing systems.
  • Pay strict attention to detail and uses leadership skills on the job.
  • Experience working in machine learning and with big data.
  • Comfortable utilizing datasets an experimental design.
  • Is a leader and collaborator.
  • Experience debugging and computing.
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Researcher Salaries

Average Base Pay

£30,565 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£19K
Median: £31K
£49K
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Researcher Career Path

Learn how to become a Researcher, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
14%
2 - 4
41%
5 - 7
23%
8+
22%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Researcher Insights

Read what Researcher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
TractableTractable
Researcher
23 Apr 2020

“This is hugely rewarding and not something I have been fortunate enough to experience with any of my former employers.”

University of DelawareUniversity of Delaware
Research Intern
2 Sept 2020

“I got to choose my own schedule and my PI and grad student were really nice”

McGill UniversityMcGill University
Graduate Student Researcher
6 Oct 2020

“I personally had a research supervisor that was supportive of future career plans and was instrumental in my professional development”

Gladstone InstitutesGladstone Institutes
Undergraduate Researcher
6 Jun 2021

“Really warm people who want to get to know you and help you grow in your career”

RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology)RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Student Researcher
1 Jan 2022

“I worked here on Coop and everyone I worked with was super helpful and understanding.”

Iowa State UniversityIowa State University
Graduate Student Researcher
10 Dec 2020

“Rotations are a great way to find out what kind of project and professor you want to work with.”

Thammasat UniversityThammasat University
Researcher
11 Apr 2022

“There is no salary jump upon the promotion and the tasks given remain the same.”

Info SapiensInfo Sapiens
Research Expert
25 May 2022

“It was the great experience to work in this company and have such challenging projects.”

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Researcher Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of researchers

A researcher spends a typical day delving into the specifics of a subject, learning new ideas, developing theories, and applying these findings to real-world applications. They spend each day collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting the data and opinions to solve problems and predict trends.

Research is a solid career for those with critical thinking and analytical skills as well as for individuals who are passionate about influencing policy and decision making. The job market for researchers is expected to increase over the next decade which may make it easier to find a researcher job.

Researchers can earn a decent salary. The average base salary for researchers in the United States is £30,565 per year, but this amount varies depending upon experience and location. Highly experienced researchers can earn up to £49,335 per year. Their annual salary is usually based on education and additional training.

Working as a researcher has its challenges, especially when deadlines are involved. Although the job tends to follow a traditional 9-to-5 workday, researchers might have to meet tight deadlines and put in extra hours during the weekday or on the weekend.

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