|Quick Facts: Survey Researchers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$36,050 per year
$17.33 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||19,600|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||24% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||4,700|
Survey researchers design or conduct surveys and analyze survey data. Many groups use surveys to collect factual data, such as employment and salary information, or to ask questions that help them understand people's opinions, attitudes, beliefs, or desires.
Most survey researchers work in research firms, polling organizations, nonprofits, corporations, colleges and universities, and government agencies. The majority work full time during regular business hours. Some occasionally work outside the office to conduct interviews and focus groups.
Although some survey researchers have a bachelor’s degree, many technical research positions require a master’s degree or Ph.D. Employers generally prefer candidates who have previous work experience using statistics, analyzing data, or conducting interviews or surveys.
The median annual wage of survey researchers was $36,050 in May 2010.
Employment of survey researchers is expected to grow 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be good for those with an advanced degree in survey methodology, survey research, or statistics.
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