How to become a Survey Researcher

A survey researcher designs and conducts surveys, then provides analysis of the collected data. These surveys can cover a wide range of areas, including employment information, socio-economic status, and anything that a company may want to know about its audience.

Personal requirements of a Survey Researcher

Duties & Tasks of a Survey Researcher

A survey researcher:

  • Design questionnaires and select sample groups to survey
  • Collect facts from sources (such as company records) showing the total volume of sales, or from government statistics and information (such as population census data)
  • Arrange and analyse collected information
  • Interpret and predict current and future consumer trends, such as changes in tastes and lifestyles
  • Write reports about the results of research activities
  • Discuss information needs with clients
  • Identify specific consumer markets for clients.

Working conditions for a Survey Researcher

Most survey researchers work for research firms, corporations, universities, and government agencies.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:


NSW NSW 9.8%

NT NT 0.4%

QLD QLD 33.8%

SA SA 2.2%

TAS TAS 3.8%

VIC VIC 40.4%

WA WA 9.6%

Hours worked:



Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 37.1%

Female 62.9%

Education level:

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 38.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 61.5%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 15.8%

25-34 - 18.4%

35-44 - 19.8%

45-54 - 14.6%

55-59 - 16.4%

60-64 - 0%

65 and Over - 14.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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