Market research executive apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursea college courseworking towards this rolea graduate training schemespecialist courses run by professional bodiesan 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:
Also useful are degrees in English, marketing, and sciences, or engineering for some specialist industrial jobs.
- social sciences
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. You'll need 1 or 2 A-Levels, a Level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a Level 4 or 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.
Market research executive apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- analytical thinking skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative
- customer service skills
- knowledge of English language
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- persistence and determination
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Market research executive apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day duties you may:
- meet clients to discuss research projects
- create plans or proposals and present them to clients
- manage a budget
- design questionnaires and organise surveys
- brief interviewers and researchers
- monitor the progress of surveys
- analyse data and present results to clients
- advise clients how they can best use the research
You could work in an office or at a client's business.
Career path and progression - Market research executive apprenticeships
You could move into management, or become a self-employed market research consultant.
You could also work in advertising or marketing promotions.