What do Survey Researchers 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.

  • Support, plan, and coordinate operations for single or multiple surveys.
  • Review, classify, and record survey data in preparation for computer analysis.
  • Determine and specify details of survey projects, including sources of information, procedures to be used, and the design of survey instruments and materials.
  • Prepare and present summaries and analyses of survey data, including tables, graphs, and fact sheets that describe survey techniques and results.
  • Conduct research to gather information about survey topics.
  • Analyze data from surveys, old records, or case studies, using statistical software.
  • Produce documentation of the questionnaire development process, data collection methods, sampling designs, and decisions related to sample statistical weighting.
  • Write training manuals to be used by survey interviewers.
  • Hire and train recruiters and data collectors.
  • Collaborate with other researchers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of surveys.
  • Consult with clients to identify survey needs and specific requirements, such as special samples.
  • Conduct surveys and collect data, using methods such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, literature reviews, and file reviews.
  • Direct and review the work of staff members, including survey support staff and interviewers who gather survey data.
  • Direct updates and changes in survey implementation and methods.
  • Monitor and evaluate survey progress and performance, using sample disposition reports and response rate calculations.

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Necessary Skills

  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening