CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Survey Researchers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Survey Researchers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Prepare and present summaries and analyses of survey data, including tables, graphs, and fact sheets that describe survey techniques and results.
 
Consult with clients to identify survey needs and specific requirements, such as special samples.
 
Analyze data from surveys, old records, or case studies, using statistical software.
 
Review, classify, and record survey data in preparation for computer analysis.
 
Conduct research to gather information about survey topics.
 
Conduct surveys and collect data, using methods such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, literature reviews, and file reviews.
 
Collaborate with other researchers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of surveys.
 
Direct and review the work of staff members, including survey support staff and interviewers who gather survey data.
 
Monitor and evaluate survey progress and performance, using sample disposition reports and response rate calculations.
 
Produce documentation of the questionnaire development process, data collection methods, sampling designs, and decisions related to sample statistical weighting.
 
Determine and specify details of survey projects, including sources of information, procedures to be used, and the design of survey instruments and materials.
 
Support, plan, and coordinate operations for single or multiple surveys.
 
Direct updates and changes in survey implementation and methods.
 
Hire and train recruiters and data collectors.
 
Write training manuals to be used by survey interviewers.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Survey Researchers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 
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.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Survey Researchers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Survey Researchers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Survey Researchers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Acarda CallAssist Expert system software
 
Acarda ForbiddenCalls Data base user interface and query software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Cold Fusion Web page creation and editing software
 
Apian SurveyPro Data base user interface and query software
 
Argus Perceptual Mapper Analytical or scientific software
 
Askia Analyse Analytical or scientific software
 
Askia Design Data base user interface and query software
 
Askia Face Data base user interface and query software
 
Askia Vista Data base user interface and query software
 
Askia Voice Data base user interface and query software
 
Askia Web Data base user interface and query software
 
COMCON DataFriend Presentation software
 
CfMC COSI Graphics or photo imaging software
 
CfMC SoundSurvent Interactive voice response software
 
Computer assisted telephone interviewing CATI software Expert system software
 
Creative Research Survey System Data base user interface and query software
 
DATAN Merlin Fastab Presentation software
 
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Dataxiom StatMost Analytical or scientific software
 
Dataxiom Xpro Analytical or scientific software
 
E-Tabs software Presentation software
 
EZ Forms software Desktop publishing software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Future Information Research Management Confirmit Analytical or scientific software
 
Gamma Associates mTab Data base user interface and query software
 
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Gravic Principia Remark Data base user interface and query software
 
Harmoni ESPRI Analytical or scientific software
 
Harmoni software Analytical or scientific software
 
Interviewer software Data base user interface and query software
 
Ioxphere software Desktop publishing software
 
KMR software Analytical or scientific software
 
LogIT Systems software Analytical or scientific software
 
Memphis Survey Explorer Analytical or scientific software
 
Mentor software Analytical or scientific software
 
Merlinco MERLIN Analytical or scientific software
 
Microtab XP software Analytical or scientific software
 
NCSS software Analytical or scientific software
 
Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
P-STAT software Analytical or scientific software
 
Perseus SurveySolutions Project management software
 
Point-of-View QWriter Data base user interface and query software
 
Postal boundary mapping software Map creation software
 
Power & Precision software Analytical or scientific software
 
Pulsar software Analytical or scientific software
 
Pulse Train Bellview CAPTI Data base user interface and query software
 
Pulse Train Bellview Scan Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
 
Pulse Train Bellview TCI Data base user interface and query software
 
Pulse Train Bellview Web Web page creation and editing software
 
Pulse Train Pulser Web Presentation software
 
Pulse Train Visual QSL Data base user interface and query software
 
QPSMR Limited CATI Data base user interface and query software
 
QPSMR Limited Input Data base user interface and query software
 
QPSMR Limited Insight Project management software
 
QPSMR Limited Reflect Presentation software
 
Question interchange profile QUIP software Analytical or scientific software
 
QuestionPro software Analytical or scientific software
 
RandomForest software Analytical or scientific software
 
Raosoft EZSurvey Project management software
 
Raosoft SURVEYWin Data base user interface and query software
 
Research Spectrum Survent CATI Data base user interface and query software
 
SAS software Analytical or scientific software
 
SDA Survey Analytical or scientific software
 
SPSS software Analytical or scientific software
 
Salford Systems CART Data mining software
 
Salford Systems TreeNet Analytical or scientific software
 
Sawtooth SSI Web Desktop publishing software
 
Scantron Technologies eListen Data base user interface and query software
 
Snap Survey Software Data base user interface and query software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
StarData software Analytical or scientific software
 
StatPoint software Analytical or scientific software
 
StatSoft STATISTICA software Analytical or scientific software
 
Statistical Solutions SOLAS Analytical or scientific software
 
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
 
SumQuest software Analytical or scientific software
 
Survey Said software Data base user interface and query software
 
TURBO Spring-Stat Analytical or scientific software
 
Verity TELEform Document management software
 
Viking software Data base user interface and query software
 
Voxco PRONTO Analytical or scientific software
 
Voxco StatXP Analytical or scientific software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
WebSurveyor software Project management software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Laser printers Laser printers
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Optical character readers Optical character recognition systems
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Scanners Scanners
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Survey Researchers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Survey Researchers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Consultant
Field Interviewer
Market Survey Representative
Pollster
Recruiter
Research Assistant
Research Associate
Research Fellow
Research Interviewer
Survey Analyst
Survey Methodologist
Survey Questionnaire Designer
Survey Statistician
Telephone Interviewer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Survey Researchers
 
 
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