(Closed) research analyst career path suggestions?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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.

Post # 4
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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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