1. National average salary: $55,141 per year

Primary duties: Market research analysts examine the conditions of the market to help companies decide on a target market and which products or services to offer them. They monitor current sales trends and predict consumers’ future purchasing habits to help the marketing team develop strategies for marketing the company’s products and services. They also create market research methods such as surveys and polls, extract data from the responses and translate the information into charts, graphs and reports to present to their teams and clients.