Business and Related Research Professionals

Business and related research professionals carry out a variety of research activities for the broadcast and print media, for the police and armed forces intelligence services, for national security agencies and in other non-scientific areas.


New workers

New workers start around £19,725. Normal pay is £35,406 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £59,625.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 50,588 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Discusses possible changes that need to be made in terms of design, price, packaging, marketing and promotion etc. in light of market research with appropriate departments.

  • Manages and directs research, collates and interprets findings and presents results to clients.

  • Liaises with client to understand their market research needs, establishes an appropriate quantitative and qualitative market research methodology and prepares proposals outlining programmes of work and details of costs.

  • Deals with copyright issues and negotiates fees.

  • Liaises with client on the appropriate image/s to be used.

  • Researches images for clients in a wide range of media using specialist picture libraries and archives, museums, galleries etc., or commissions new images.

  • Presents findings in the required format, via written reports or presentations.

  • Provides support to criminal intelligence or to military or other security operations by gathering and verifying intelligence data and sources.

  • Provides administrative support for programme development such as booking facilities.

  • Briefs presenters, scriptwriters or journalists as required via verbal or written reports.

  • Research sources for accurate factual material, finds suitable contributors to programmes or print features and deals with any copyright issues.

  • Liaises with production team to generate and develop ideas for film, television and radio programmes.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Data Analysis

  • Biology

  • Project Management

  • Data Collection

  • Python (Programming Language)

  • Economics

  • Psychology

  • Research Experiences

  • Research Methodologies

  • Qualitative Research

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Research

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Writing

  • Detail Oriented

  • Presentations

  • Innovation

  • Planning

  • Self-Motivation

  • Teaching

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.