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.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

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 - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

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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