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Monday, 06 June 2016 02:02

How to Become a Professional Researcher

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For those with a head for details and a knack for ferreting out facts, a career as a professional researcher can prove to be both satisfying and lucrative. Research as a career provides you with some flexibility: you can choose to strike out on your own as an independent researcher or to work for a company that needs your expertise. Both have some basic requirements you’ll need to meet to make sure you are up to the task.

Step 1

Pick a type of research that interests you and that you have the skills and experience to handle. You can choose from many different areas such as science, genealogy, advertising or marketing.

Step 2

Take college courses designed to help you learn how to become an effective Certified Researcher. Include classes relevant to the subject you want to research. A bachelor’s degree may be enough to get you started as a researcher in many fields, but if you want to do any kind of technical research you’ll most likely find that you need a master’s degree or a Ph.D. Market research will also require that you study psychology, consumer behavior and survey methods. If you already have a degree you may just need to add a few research classes to make yourself eligible for many jobs.

Step 3

Obtain certification from a recognized professional organization, such as the Marketing Research Institute, the Association of Internet Research Specialists or the Association of Professional Genealogists. While this step isn’t always required, certification can help to boost your credibility and increase your chances of getting hired.

Step 4

Contact companies that need researchers, and apply for a job with any of them whose needs match your skills. Often you must apply for a job that is conducted in person, but in some cases you may be able to find a job working from home. Check online job boards as well as postings made through professional organizations, colleges and marketing companies.

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