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Plan, develop, or conduct 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.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Notebook computers
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  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
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  • Personal computers
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  • Tablet computers
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  • Scanners
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  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Object or component oriented development software
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  • Presentation software
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  • Desktop publishing software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Prepare and present summaries and analyses of survey data, including tables, graphs, and fact sheets that describe survey techniques and results.
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  • Consult with clients to identify survey needs and specific requirements, such as special samples.
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  • Analyze data from surveys, old records, or case studies, using statistical software.
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  • Review, classify, and record survey data in preparation for computer analysis.
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  • Conduct research to gather information about survey topics.
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  • Conduct surveys and collect data, using methods such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, literature reviews, and file reviews.
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  • Collaborate with other researchers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of surveys.
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  • Direct and review the work of staff members, including survey support staff and interviewers who gather survey data.
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  • Monitor and evaluate survey progress and performance, using sample disposition reports and response rate calculations.
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  • Produce documentation of the questionnaire development process, data collection methods, sampling designs, and decisions related to sample statistical weighting.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
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  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
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    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $51,728.00 $24.87  $15.26  $17.48 - $28.50 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $60,603.00 $29.13  $17.68  $19.80 - $36.02 
    Hartford $42,304.00 $20.34  $14.32  $16.21 - $22.91 
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