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Employment and Career Outlook

Consumer research and social policy research are in high demand in today’s economy. Research firms and their clients seek reliable data on services and industries, social policies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and private enterprise.

Job applicants that can demonstrate their ability to collect and analyze data, prepare reports, lead projects, and present information to others will have a competitive edge over their peers.

The specialized skills in the MA in Social Research and Analysis prepare students for careers like the following:

  • Data Analyst or Consultant
  • Social Policy Analyst
  • Survey Researcher
  • Interviewer or Focus Group Moderator
  • Social Science Researcher
  • Community Relations Specialists
  • Evaluation Researcher
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Research Analyst or Associate
  • Program Analyst
  • Government Affairs, and more.

According to data from Emsi, New York City, Jersey City, Newark, Brooklyn, Parsippany and Bridgewater are the local hotspots for openings in these fields. The greatest abundance of relevant positions are for Business Analysts, Research Analysts, Managing Consultants and Program Managers. The most popular industries for these jobs are in Professional and Technical, Finance and Insurance, Health Care and Social Assistance, and Information.

Operations Research Analysts and Management Research Analysts earned a median salary between $99,000 and $101,000 in 2018. These positions often require expertise in business analytics, technical software, data and text mining and data visualization. Survey Researchers earned a median salary of about $69,000 during the same time and Statistical Assistants earned $49,000. Social Scientists and Related workers earned about $83,000/year. Social and Community Service Managers earned about $82,000/year and Community and Social Service Specialists earned $57,000.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for jobs as a Market Research Analyst is expected to grow by 20% between 2018 and 2028. Management Analyst positions are expected to grow by 14%. Demand for Sociologists is expected to grow by 9%. All of these figures are higher than national averages. Growth for Survey Researchers is expected at 1%, or little to no change.