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Survey Researchers

Also called: Research Fellow, Field Interviewer, Research Associate, Research Interviewer

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What they do:
Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams.
On the job, you would:
  • Support, plan, and coordinate operations for single or multiple surveys.
  • Collaborate with other researchers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of surveys.
  • Consult with clients to identify survey needs and specific requirements, such as special samples.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • sociology and anthropology
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Memory
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Memphis Survey Explorer
  • SAS software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Acarda ForbiddenCalls
  • Pulse Train Bellview TCI
Presentation software
  • COMCON DataFriend
  • DATAN Merlin Fastab

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$47,720
per year, on average
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