What does a Survey Researcher 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.

Jobs Roles

  • 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.
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