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19-3022.00 - Survey Researchers

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.

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The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
  • Prepare and present summaries and analyses of survey data, including tables, graphs, and fact sheets that describe survey techniques and results.
  • Consult with clients to identify survey needs and specific requirements, such as special samples.
  • Analyze data from surveys, old records, or case studies, using statistical software.
  • Review, classify, and record survey data in preparation for computer analysis.
  • Conduct research to gather information about survey topics.
  • Conduct surveys and collect data, using methods such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, literature reviews, and file reviews.
  • Collaborate with other researchers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of surveys.
  • Direct and review the work of staff members, including survey support staff and interviewers who gather survey data.
  • 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.
  • Determine and specify details of survey projects, including sources of information, procedures to be used, and the design of survey instruments and materials.
  • Support, plan, and coordinate operations for single or multiple surveys.
  • Direct updates and changes in survey implementation and methods.
  • Hire and train recruiters and data collectors.
  • Write training manuals to be used by survey interviewers.
  • Write proposals to win new projects.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
 English Language
  • 88%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 87%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 69%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 Administration and Management
  • 68%
    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
  • 67%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 Sociology and Anthropology
  • 65%
    Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 Communications and Media
  • 61%
    Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • 59%
    Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • 58%
    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 Sales and Marketing
  • 57%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 Education and Training
  • 56%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 Personnel and Human Resources
  • 52%
    Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 Law and Government
  • 52%
    Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers
 Computer data input devices
  • Scanners
  • Optical character readers
 Computer printers
  • Laser printers
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Business function specific software
  • Microsoft ProjectHOT
  • Perseus SurveySolutions
  • Acarda CallAssist
  • Computer assisted telephone interviewing CATI software
  • Microsoft OfficeHOT
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Graphics software
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Word processing software
  • COMCON DataFriend
  • DATAN Merlin Fastab
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Pulse Train Pulser Web
  • QPSMR Limited Reflect
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Cold Fusion
  • Pulse Train Bellview Web
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Pulse Train Bellview Scan
  • EZ Forms
  • Sawtooth SSI Web
 Data management and query software
  • Sales force automation software
  • Acarda ForbiddenCalls
  • Apian SurveyPro
  • Askia Design
  • Askia Face
  • Askia Vista
  • Askia Voice
  • Askia Web
  • Creative Research Survey System
  • Database software
  • Gamma Associates mTab
  • Gravic Principia Remark
  • Interviewer software
  • Microsoft AccessHOT
  • Point-of-View QWriter
  • Pulse Train Bellview CAPTI
  • Pulse Train Bellview TCI
  • Pulse Train Visual QSL
  • QPSMR Limited CATI
  • QPSMR Limited Input
  • QPSMR Limited Insight
  • Raosoft SURVEYWin
  • Research Spectrum Survent CATI
  • Scantron Technologies eListen
  • Snap Survey Software
  • Structured query language SQLHOT
  • Viking data editor
  • Salford Systems CART
  • TableauHOT
 Development software
  • Extensible markup language XMLHOT
  • C++HOT
  • Oracle JavaHOT
  • Practical extraction and reporting language PerlHOT
  • PythonHOT
  • RHOT
  • JavaScriptHOT
  • Microsoft Active Server Pages ASPHOT
 Industry specific software
  • Argus Perceptual Mapper
  • Askia Analyse
  • Dataxiom StatMost
  • Dataxiom Xpro
  • Future Information Research Management Confirmit
  • Harmoni ESPRI
  • IBM SPSS StatisticsHOT
  • KMR software
  • Memphis Survey Explorer
  • Merlinco MERLIN
  • NCSS
  • P-STAT
  • Power and Precision
  • Pulsar software
  • Question interchange profile QUIP software
  • QuestionPro
  • Random forest software
  • SDA Survey
  • Salford Systems TreeNet
  • StarData
  • StataCorp Stata
  • Statgraphics
  • Statistical Solutions SOLAS
  • Statistical software
  • SumQuest
  • TURBO Spring-Stat
  • The MathWorks MATLABHOT
  • Voxco PRONTO
  • Voxco StatXP
 Network applications software
  • CfMC SoundSurvent
  • Web browser software
 Information exchange software
  • Email software
  • Postal boundary mapping software
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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