How to become a market research executive
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- working towards this role
- a graduate training scheme
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
- an internship
For quantitative market research work, you may find it useful to get a degree in:
For qualitative jobs, you may find it helpful to have a degree in:
- social sciences
Also useful are degrees in English, marketing, and sciences, or engineering for some specialist industrial jobs.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills you need in this job. Relevant courses include:
- Level 3 Diploma in Marketing
- Level 4 Diploma in Professional Marketing
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
You could work as a market research assistant, or interviewer, with or without a degree. You’ll still need very good communication skills, and ability with numbers and IT programs.
You could also start as a research assistant in an agency, and get promotion to executive or account manager as your experience grows. You’ll usually be expected to take further qualifications.
You could get your first job as a market research executive through one of the graduate training schemes that some larger employers run for new recruits.
You could also do specialist courses through professional bodies, like The Market Research Society's Certificate in Market and Social Research.
You may be able to get a paid internship with a company, where you’re given a project to complete. This will allow you to develop your skills and show an employer what you’re able to do.
Being able to speak different languages could be an advantage for international work.
Whatever your qualifications, you’ll find it useful to have experience in marketing, sales or advertising, or as a market research interviewer.
You can find out more about market research careers from The Market Research Society.