Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 19-3022 Survey Researchers
Design or conduct surveys. May supervise interviewers who conduct the survey in person or over the telephone. May present survey results to client. Exclude "Statisticians" (15-2041), "Economists" (19-3011), and "Market Research Analysts" (19-3021).
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: 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.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
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