Career Enjoyment: researcher
A researcher is someone who carries out research to support an organisation's analysis or activities. Research can be undertaken in many fields, such as pharmaceuticals, health, science, business, journalism, etc. The emphasis of research is on investigation of facts, as opposed to analysis in which the focus may be on identifying and predicting trends. This career tends to have salaries in the range £15-50k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a higher than average earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: stress free.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: long hours, can be boring, constantly on the phone, lack of interaction with people, lack of management, poor pay.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - researcher - was 3.5, making it as enjoyable as the average career. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- Slightly more iNtuition than Sensing.
- Slightly more Thinking than Feeling.
- Slightly more Perception than Judgment.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: dealing with data or detailed information; strategic thinking; solving practical problems; theorising or analysing; following defined procedures.
Any dark segments would indicate styles where there is less demand than normal. However, there aren't any - which suggests that you have to be able to use all the styles (at different times).
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.