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Survey Researchers

Survey Researchers
Quick Facts : Survey Researchers*
2010 Median Pay$36,050
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201219,600
Job Outlook24% (Faster than average)
Employment Change4,700

Survey researchers design or conduct surveys and analyze survey data. They design and conduct surveys for scientific, public opinion, and marketing research purposes. Many groups use surveys to collect factual data, such as employment and salary information, or to ask questions that help them understand people's opinions, attitudes, beliefs, or desires.

What Survey Researchers Do

  • Conduct background research on survey topics
  • Test their surveys to make sure that people will understand the questions
  • Analyze data using statistical software and techniques
  • Summarize survey data using tables, graphs, and fact sheets
  • Evaluate surveys, methods, and performance to improve future surveys

Work Environment

Most survey researchers work in research firms, polling organizations, nonprofits, corporations, colleges and universities, and government agencies. The majority work full time during regular business hours. Some occasionally work outside the office to conduct interviews and focus groups.
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Job Outlook

Employment of survey researchers is expected to grow 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, but because it?s a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 4,700 new jobs.
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The average salary of survey researchers was $36,050 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Survey Researchers

While some survey researchers have a bachelor's degree, many technical research positions require a graduate degree. Employers generally prefer candidates who have previous work experience using statistics, analyzing data, or conducting interviews or surveys.
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