Survey Researchers

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Science and Mathematics

Projected Growth: Little or no change

1500+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Survey Researchers include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 45.83% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 37.5% said they needed a Master's Degree.

Tasks

    Conduct surveys and collect data, using methods such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, literature reviews, and file reviews.

    Monitor and evaluate survey progress and performance, using sample disposition reports and response rate calculations.

    Support, plan, and coordinate operations for single or multiple surveys.

    Determine and specify details of survey projects, including sources of information, procedures to be used, and the design of survey instruments and materials.

    Direct and review the work of staff members, including survey support staff and interviewers who gather survey data.

    Review, classify, and record survey data in preparation for computer analysis.

    Write proposals to win new projects.

    Write training manuals to be used by survey interviewers.

    Direct updates and changes in survey implementation and methods.

    Produce documentation of the questionnaire development process, data collection methods, sampling designs, and decisions related to sample statistical weighting.

    Conduct research to gather information about survey topics.

    Analyze data from surveys, old records, or case studies, using statistical software.

    Consult with clients to identify survey needs and specific requirements, such as special samples.

    Hire and train recruiters and data collectors.

    Collaborate with other researchers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of surveys.

    Prepare and present summaries and analyses of survey data, including tables, graphs, and fact sheets that describe survey techniques and results.

Tools

Tablet computers

Scanners

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Optical character readers

Notebook computers

Laser printers

Technologies

C++

Extensible markup language XML

IBM SPSS Statistics

JavaScript

Microsoft Active Server Pages ASP

Microsoft Excel

Oracle Java

All Technologies

Oracle PeopleSoft

Practical extraction and reporting language Perl

Python

R

SAS

Structured query language SQL

Tableau

The MathWorks MATLAB

Acarda CallAssist

Acarda ForbiddenCalls

Adobe Systems Adobe Cold Fusion

Apian SurveyPro

Argus Perceptual Mapper

Askia Analyse

Askia Design

Askia Face

Askia Vista

Askia Voice

Askia Web

CfMC COSI

CfMC SoundSurvent

COMCON DataFriend

Computer assisted telephone interviewing CATI software

Creative Research Survey System

DATAN Merlin Fastab

Dataxiom StatMost

Dataxiom Xpro

Email software

EZ Forms

Future Information Research Management Confirmit

Gamma Associates mTab

Graphics software

Gravic Principia Remark

Harmoni ESPRI

Interviewer software

KMR software

Memphis Survey Explorer

Merlinco MERLIN

NCSS

P-STAT

Perseus SurveySolutions

Point-of-View QWriter

Postal boundary mapping software

Power and Precision

Pulsar software

Pulse Train Bellview CAPTI

Pulse Train Bellview Scan

Pulse Train Bellview TCI

Pulse Train Bellview Web

Pulse Train Pulser Web

Pulse Train Visual QSL

QPSMR Limited CATI

QPSMR Limited Input

QPSMR Limited Insight

QPSMR Limited Reflect

Question interchange profile QUIP software

QuestionPro

Random forest software

Raosoft SURVEYWin

Research Spectrum Survent CATI

Sales force automation software

Salford Systems CART

Salford Systems TreeNet

Sawtooth SSI Web

Scantron Technologies eListen

SDA Survey

Snap Survey Software

Spreadsheet software

StarData

StataCorp Stata

Statgraphics

STATISTICA

Statistical software

Statistical Solutions SOLAS

SumQuest

TURBO Spring-Stat

Verity TELEform

Viking data editor

Voxco PRONTO

Voxco StatXP

Web browser software

Word processing software

Skills

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Mathematics

Using mathematics to solve problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Abilities

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning

Add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Number Facility

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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