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Survey Researchers

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

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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:
  • Review, classify, and record survey data in preparation for computer analysis.
  • Monitor and evaluate survey progress and performance, using sample disposition reports and response rate calculations.
  • Produce documentation of the questionnaire development process, data collection methods, sampling designs, and decisions related to sample statistical weighting.

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
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
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 writing
  • read and understand what is written
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

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
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS Hot Technology
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Apian SurveyPro
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++ Hot Technology
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl Hot Technology

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$57,700
$29,620
$103,400
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