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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Researcher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$60,255 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $60K
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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.

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Researcher Insights

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

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

McGill UniversityMcGill University
Graduate Student Researcher
Oct. 6, 2020

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

University of DelawareUniversity of Delaware
Research Intern
Sep. 2, 2020

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

Gladstone InstitutesGladstone Institutes
Undergraduate Researcher
Jun. 6, 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
Jan. 1, 2022

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

UC San Diego HealthUC San Diego Health
Health Research
Nov. 18, 2019

“Everyone working there was really nice and went out of their way to help me and make me feel comfortable.”

Commodity AppointmentsCommodity Appointments
Apr. 22, 2021

“No question is too stupid and everyone from CEO to Intern genuinely cares about you and your career.”

Princeton UniversityPrinceton University
Research Intern
Sep. 25, 2019

“It is a fantastic place to work and learn from the best and brightest minds.”

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Research Investigator
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a researcher

When working as a researcher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are JAVA Scala, Statistics, Machine Learning, Python and Excellent Communication.

The most similar professions to researcher are:
  • Research Investigator
  • Research Fellow
  • Investigator
  • Research Assistant

The most common qualifications to become a researcher is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.