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i have worked as a research analyst for five years. i have a masters degree and i was first an assistant research analyst, then research analyst, now senior analyst. my job is ok, i do not love it or hate it. the pay is pretty good and it is fairly low stress. what i am wondering is, what is the next level for someone with my background? i truly have no idea, although i have known several people with similar jobs, none have made much progress in the career. most do almost the same job as me forever. at least that is what it seems like. for those who do not know what i mean by research analyst, in my case i work with datasets. i do specialized projects where the organization knows they want something but they are not clear or the exact specifications. so i collect and analyze the data. the same skills are used for any type of data analyst, whether it is marketing, healthcare, insurance data, etc. thanks for any advice you might have. sorry for the poor layout, i am on my phone…….at it se
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Can you go into other analyst positions? My ex was a financial analyst and pretty easily switched fields and became a marketing analyst. Not sure if those have more options for progress, though, if that’s what you want.
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I’m also a senior research analyst. At my agency the only place to go is supervising research analyst, which I don’t really want to do (I prefer doing the actual research rather than the budgets and contracts and administration). I almost took a policy analyst job at another agency recently, but it would have meant going from a state agency to a city agency and thus losing my pension as well as my ability to telecommute as well as several weeks per year of vacation. Being a policy researcher I’m also very involved in politics, so potential future jobs for me would be to go to the private sector to do public opinion research or political polling type of stuff (I’ve also run for office, which I may do again, so that’s another option, although certainly not for everyone). My ultimate goal is probably to start my own firm doing social justice policy research. But I have about six and a half more years before I qualify for public service loan forgiveness for my federal student loan, so I’ll probably stay where I am until then. 🙁
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@everyheart: I think Marketing is a popular area for data analysis right now. I’ve never found marketing very interesting, but I need to keep an open mind.
@amyj1276:I remember your career post about changing jobs. I think you did the right thing. I didn’t realize when I read it that our jobs are fairly similar. Thanks for explaining your options & the way you thought about them. I would actually be fine with moving to a supervisory role, but I don’t think anyone’s ready to hire me for one yet. It’s okay, I am looking for a plan, not for a job. From what you’ve said and from my own observations, I think data analyst type jobs are limited in growth after 7-10 years or so. I think one needs to learn about a business or an industry during that time, and then move to a supervisory role. I would also be interested to start my own business someday, when the stars align. In the meantime, I guess, work hard, get to know people & the business, etc.