Plans, develops, or conducts 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.
This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.
A person in this career:
- Supports, plans, and coordinates operations for single or multiple surveys.
- Collaborates with other researchers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of surveys.
- Consults with clients to identify survey needs and specific requirements, such as special samples.
- Conducts surveys and collects data, using methods such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, literature reviews, and file reviews.
- Directs and reviews the work of staff members, including survey support staff and interviewers who gather survey data.
- Determines and specifies details of survey projects, including sources of information, procedures to be used, and the design of survey instruments and materials.
- Prepares and presents summaries and analyses of survey data, including tables, graphs, and fact sheets that describe survey techniques and results.
- Monitors and evaluates survey progress and performance, using sample disposition reports and response rate calculations.
- Produces documentation of the questionnaire development process, data collection methods, sampling designs, and decisions related to sample statistical weighting.
- Analyzes data from surveys, old records, or case studies, using statistical software.