Projected Growth: Little or no change
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
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:
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.
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.
Personal digital assistants PDA
Optical character readers
Extensible markup language XML
IBM SPSS Statistics
Microsoft Active Server Pages ASP
Oracle JavaAll Technologies
Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
Structured query language SQL
The MathWorks MATLAB
Adobe Systems Adobe Cold Fusion
Argus Perceptual Mapper
Computer assisted telephone interviewing CATI software
Creative Research Survey System
DATAN Merlin Fastab
Future Information Research Management Confirmit
Gamma Associates mTab
Gravic Principia Remark
Memphis Survey Explorer
Postal boundary mapping software
Power and Precision
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
Random forest software
Research Spectrum Survent CATI
Sales force automation software
Salford Systems CART
Salford Systems TreeNet
Sawtooth SSI Web
Scantron Technologies eListen
Snap Survey Software
Statistical Solutions SOLAS
Viking data editor
Web browser software
Word processing software
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Teaching others how to do something.
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.
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
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.