Research and Development Analyst

What do they do?

Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. 

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Some typical job duties include:

  • Define data requirements and gather and validate information, applying judgment and statistical tests and/or actuarial research techniques.
  • Collaborate with senior managers and decision makers to identify and solve a variety of problems and to clarify management objectives.
  • Perform validation and testing of models to ensure adequacy and reformulate models as necessary.
  • Prepare management reports defining and evaluating problems and recommending solutions. 

Most Important Occupational Skills:

Basic Skills

  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension

Technical Skills

  • Operations Analysis
  • Programming

Social Skills

  • Coordination
  • Instructing
  • Social Perceptiveness

 Systems Skills

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Systems Analysis

Problem Solving Skills

  • Complex Problem Solving 

Resource Management Skills

  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Management of Financial Resources

Just the Facts

  • Salary range: $30,000-$75,000+
  • Education and Professional Requirements: Entry — Bachelor's degree; Senior-level — Post-graduate degree, multiple years related work experience; Managerial — Post-graduate degree, many years related work experience
  • Possible career path: Research and Development Analyst > Senior Research and Development Analyst > Director, Research and Development

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