Research consultants work for various companies and government institutions to collect and analyze relevant data in multiple formats. They then present their analyses or findings to their clients or relevant staff within the organization, as this data may be needed in companies' advertising or marketing departments.
Many employers require a bachelor's degree or higher in statistics, business, marketing, social science, or a related field and prior work experience for this position, especially in solving complex business problems and executing market research studies. Research consultants must maintain strong relationships with their organizations' market research teams, business partners, vendors, and clients and must be able to work independently with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment. Strong communication skills are important in order to make presentations and generate relevant reports, and skills in computational statistics and analytics may be necessary to mine various data sources across multiple fields of study.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs is beneficial in this position, and flexibility may be required in order to travel. Some research consultants may be required to attend training classes, workshops, or conferences regularly or mentor or coach new or junior research consultants.