Business and related research professionals


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Business and related research professionals carry out a variety of research activities for the broadcast and print media, for the police and armed forces intelligence services, for national security agencies and in other non-scientific areas.


Entrants usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification. Training is usually provided on-the-job, or support may be given for postgraduate study. Professional qualifications are available in some areas.

Typical tasks

  • liaises with production team to generate and develop ideas for film, television and radio programmes;
  • research sources for accurate factual material, finds suitable contributors to programmes or print features and deals with any copyright issues;
  • briefs presenters, scriptwriters or journalists as required via verbal or written reports;
  • provides administrative support for programme development such as booking facilities;
  • provides support to criminal intelligence or to military or other security operations by gathering and verifying intelligence data and sources;
  • presents findings in the required format, via written reports or presentations;
  • researches images for clients in a wide range of media using specialist picture libraries and archives, museums, galleries etc., or commissions new images;
  • liaises with client on the appropriate image/s to be used;
  • deals with copyright issues and negotiates fees.

Common job titles

Researcher, games (broadcasting)
Officer, intelligence (government)
Officer, research
Practitioner, forensic (police force)
Associate, research (journalism)
Worker, research
Assistant, research (printing and publishing)
Analyst, sports
Officer, intelligence, grade II (MOD)
Analyst, intelligence, criminal
Consultant, research
Researcher (journalism)
Assistant, research (journalism)
Analyst, information
Technician, research and development
Researcher, games
Analyst, crime (police force)
Assistant, research
Officer, research (printing and publishing)
Analyst, computer, forensic
Associate, research (printing and publishing)
Assistant, research (broadcasting)
Officer, research (broadcasting)
Researcher (printing and publishing)
Technician, research
Researcher, picture
Researcher (broadcasting)
Associate, research
Officer, research (journalism)
Associate, research (broadcasting)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.