Career Guide

Research (Academia & Think Tanks)

The information explosion caused by big data collection and new technologies increases the demand for expert analysis; and academic organizations and think tanks are broadening their work to respond to these changing situations. In addition to research efforts, they produce major publications and organize professional conferences, lectures, and policy forums. Scholars testify before government committees, submit articles to major newspapers, and serve on international task forces.

Pro Tip:

Advancement into senior positions usually requires a PhD or extensive, specialized expertise. After two or three years of professional experience, plan to pursue either a doctorate or professional opportunities in government, private corporations, and consulting firms.

Skill Sets & Experience

  • Critical thinking

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral

  • Foreign language proficiency

  • Quantitative analysis

  • Regional expertise