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Information for Students, Graduates & Young Researchers

Are you interested in or setting out upon a career in market and/or social research? We’ll inspire you, we’ll help you to find your path, and inform you about changing trends in the industry.

Market research offers the chance to work in a wide variety of areas – from fast moving consumer goods, to car marketing, financial products, pharmaceuticals, media – in fact almost anything you can think of. In a market research company, you will have the opportunity to work on lots of these products at the same time, making every day fascinating and different.

You also get to learn how various businesses work from the inside, and particularly every aspect of the marketing chain. You will learn the important analytical and communication skills that you can use in almost any business walk of life.

In social research you have the opportunity to help government authorities plan communications strategies to make us a healthier community, save lives, build a sustainable future, or to conduct polls that shape our political direction.

Over time you will have the opportunity to specialise, perhaps in specific research techniques, or on types of products and services that most interest you. Market and social research is one of the best ways to become a ‘guru’ on a product, a service, or an entire industry. Good researchers with strong expertise command high incomes and employment packages with many additional benefits.

Young Researchers Networks have been established in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, providing those new to the market and social research industries with an opportunity to meet other researchers and to discuss issues of common concern and interest. YRN events and activities are designed for those under 30 years of age, in the early stages of their market research career. These include both professional development events and networking opportunities for those new to the industry. Some of these events may also be of interest to the general AMSRS membership. Read more

The Graduate Traineeship Program is an Australian Market and Social Research Society initiative designed to encourage university graduates to consider a career in this dynamic and exciting industry. It was created to provide benefits for both employers and candidates, offering an employer the opportunity to recruit a graduate trainee into their company at the start of the calendar year. AMSRS identifies suitable candidates and interested employers and supports both, providing the trainee with access to AMSRS training courses and seminars over the course of the traineeship as well as AMSRS membership. If you are interested, please read through the information below, including how to register your interest. Read more

The RICA Market and Social Research Industry Awards recognise excellence in research that makes a difference to business and social policy planning performance. They provide a platform from which to demonstrate the importance of research, researchers and research companies as an integral part of a successful business and social policy planning. The Young Researcher Award category was created in 2012 and included in the range of award categories. This Award aims to promote the importance of passionate young researchers in our industry. Winning the Young Researcher Award is about successfully demonstrating the nominated young researcher’s passion and interest in the research industry. Read more