|Quick Facts: Survey Researchers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$45,050 per year
$21.66 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Master’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||18,000|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||18% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||3,200|
Survey researchers design surveys and analyze data. Surveys are used to collect factual data, such as employment and salary information, or to ask questions in order to understand people’s opinions, preferences, 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.
Although some survey researchers have a bachelor’s degree, most technical research positions require a master’s degree. In addition, employers generally prefer candidates who have previous experience performing research, using statistics, and analyzing data.
The median annual wage for survey researchers was $45,050 in May 2012.
Employment of survey researchers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment will grow as organizations are increasingly relying on data and information acquired through research. Job prospects should be good for those with an advanced degree.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of survey researchers with similar occupations.
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