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Survey Researchers

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Review, classify, and record survey data in preparation for computer analysis.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Determine and specify details of survey projects, including sources of information, procedures to be used, and the design of survey instruments and materials.
    • Conduct surveys and collect data, using methods such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, literature reviews, and file reviews.
    • Support, plan, and coordinate operations for single or multiple surveys.
    • Conduct research to gather information about survey topics.
    • Direct and review the work of staff members, including survey support staff and interviewers who gather survey data.
    • Analyze data from surveys, old records, or case studies, using statistical software.
    • Direct updates and changes in survey implementation and methods.
    • Write training manuals to be used by survey interviewers.
    • Write proposals to win new projects.
    • Collaborate with other researchers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of surveys.
    • Hire and train recruiters and data collectors.
    Skills
    • Critical Thinking

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

    • 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.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Inductive Reasoning

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

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Written Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

    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.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $55,210/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $26.55/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 160
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Tablet computers
    • Scanners
    • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    Technology
    • Presentation software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software