Survey Interviewers and Statistical Clerks

(NOC 1454)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Survey interviewers contact individuals to gather information for market research, public opinion polls or election and census enumeration. Statistical clerks code and compile interview and other data into reports, lists, directories and other documents. Workers in this group work for market research and polling firms, government departments and agencies, utility companies, contact centres and other organizations. This group also includes clerks who observe and record information on traffic flow.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline sharply employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate -5 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate -1305 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Survey Interviewers and Statistical Clerks most commonly work part-time hours.

The median employment income for 13% of Survey Interviewers and Statistical Clerks who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $35,666. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$17.36

Median

$23.16

Maximum

Annual Pay

$261

Minimum

$5,841

Median

$38,567

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$27.85

Median

$38.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Survey interviewers contact individuals to gather information for market research, public opinion polls or election and census enumeration. Statistical clerks code and compile interview and other data into reports, lists, directories and other documents. Workers in this group work for market research and polling firms, government departments and agencies, utility companies, contact centres and other organizations. This group also includes clerks who observe and record information on traffic flow.

Job duties

Survey interviewers:

  • Contact individuals by telephone or in person and explain the purpose of the interview.
  • Ask questions following the outlines of questionnaires and surveys.
  • Record responses on paper or enter responses directly into a computer database through computer-assisted interviewing systems.

Statistical clerks:

  • Check information gathered for completeness and accuracy.
  • Code information according to established coding manuals and enter data onto computers.
  • Carry out routine statistical analysis of data.
  • Compile interview and other data into reports and lists.

Sample job titles

  • census enumerator
  • census worker
  • interview clerk
  • poll clerk
  • public opinion collector
  • statistical clerk
  • survey compiler
  • survey interviewer
  • telephone survey clerk
  • traffic counter

Skills

A solid foundation in computer skills is often necessary for entry into these jobs. Good communication and interpersonal skills are important, along with a willingness to learn and adapt to continually changing equipment and software. Statistical clerks need basic mathematical skills and should be comfortable handling basic numerical analysis. You should also be cooperative and able to work as part of a team.

Job requirements

  • High school may be required.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.
  • May require driver's licence.

Other considerations

Experience using a computer may be required.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,575

employed in 2016

33.2%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

72.8%
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27.2%
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56.9

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

78.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

40.2%

Halifax

16.8%

Southern

16.8%

Annapolis Valley

16.1%

North Shore

10.1%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

78.1%

Public administration

6.5%

Utilities

4.1%

Health care and social assistance

3.6%

Professional, scientific and technical services

3.6%

Information and cultural industries

What is the age of Employment?

28.0%

55-64

25.0%

65+

16.0%

15-24

12.0%

45-54

11.0%

25-34

9.0%

35-44

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

26.3%

45-54

22.6%

55-64

19.4%

35-44

16.7%

25-34

7.5%

65+

Top levels of education

27.5%

High school

$7,327 median annual income
23.1%

College Diploma

$9,884 median annual income
20.6%

Bachelor

$2,816 median annual income
10.8%

Less than high school

$524 median annual income
7.6%

Trade Certification

$6,138 median annual income

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

33.8%

College Diploma

$36,304 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$32,903 median annual income
22.8%

Bachelor

$41,755 median annual income
5.8%

Trade Certification

$34,807 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$23,174 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Association of Administrative Professionals
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.