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 are employed by market research and polling firms, government departments and agencies, utility companies, contact centres and other establishments. This group also includes clerks who observe and record information on traffic flow.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate decline sharply employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 6600 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. However, jobseekers may face some competition for those positions. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline significantly over the next few years, which will 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 may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 15% 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

$12.00

Minimum

$16.31

Median

$25.53

Maximum

Annual Pay

$261

Minimum

$5,841

Median

$38,567

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$21.03

Median

$35.90

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 are employed by market research and polling firms, government departments and agencies, utility companies, contact centres and other establishments. This group also includes clerks who observe and record information on traffic flow.

Job duties

Survey interviewers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Check information gathered for completeness and accuracy.
  • Code information according to established coding manuals and enter data onto computers.
  • Conduct 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

The widespread application of computer technology to the duties performed by many clerks means that 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 require 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

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

Other considerations

Experience in the operation of a computer may be required.

By the numbers

Quick look

870

employed in 2016

39.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

72.7%
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27.3%
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56.9

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

81.3%

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?

40.3%

Halifax

16.8%

Southern

16.8%

Annapolis Valley

16.2%

Northern

10.2%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

75.4%

Public Administration

6.3%

Utilities

4.0%

Health Care and Social Assistance

4.0%

Other Industries

3.4%

Information, Culture & Recreation

What is the age of Employment?

30.4%

65+

27.2%

55-64

17.4%

45-54

14.1%

35-44

8.2%

25-34

3.3%

15-24

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

36.5%

45-54

28.0%

55-64

18.6%

35-44

10.7%

65+

6.0%

25-34

Top levels of education

26.7%

High school

$40,240 median annual income
24.9%

College certificate or diploma

$41,714 median annual income
21.1%

Bachelor's degree

$34,847 median annual income
10.5%

Less than high school

N/A
7.0%

Trades certificate

$39,937 median annual income

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

34.4%

College certificate or diploma

$33,837 median annual income
23.7%

High school

$30,074 median annual income
22.9%

Bachelor's degree

$39,473 median annual income
5.8%

Trades certificate

$32,871 median annual income
4.7%

Less than high school

$23,775 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

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

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
10502 N Ambassador Dr., Ste. 100
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
Tel: (816) 891-6600
Fax: (816) 891-9118

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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