|Quick Facts: Survey Researchers|
|2014 Median Pay||
$49,760 per year
$23.92 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||Master's degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||16,700|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||12% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||1,900|
Survey researchers design and conduct 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.
Many research positions require a master’s degree or Ph.D., though a bachelor’s degree may be sufficient for some entry-level positions. 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 $49,760 in May 2014.
Employment of survey researchers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment is expected to grow as organizations increasingly rely on data and information acquired through research. Job prospects should be good for those with an advanced degree.
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