Survey Interviewers and Statistical Clerks

Occupation:Survey Interviewers and Statistical Clerks
Category:Business, Finance, and Administration

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

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 secondary 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.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Limited

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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Survey Interviewers and Statistical Clerks870decline sharplyN/ALow
Minimum: $12.00
Median: $16.31
Maximum: $25.53
Minimum: $261
Median: $5,841
Maximum: $38,567
Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration63,775Moderate growth6,600Low
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $21.03
Maximum: $35.90
Minimum: $6,754
Median: $36,515
Maximum: $70,271
Survey Interviewers and Statistical ClerksCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
Percent employed full-time39%81%
Percent self-employed2%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentSurvey Interviewers and Statistical ClerksCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton10%$11,80713%$32,974
Annapolis Valley17%$12,46913%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeSurvey Interviewers and Statistical ClerksCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
Median Age5748
GenderSurvey Interviewers and Statistical ClerksCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
EducationSurvey Interviewers and Statistical ClerksCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school10.5%x4.7%$23,775
High school26.7%$40,24023.7%$30,074
Trades certificate7.0%$39,9375.8%$32,871
College certificate or diploma24.9%$41,71434.4%$33,837
University certificate or diploma1.4%x3.0%$35,053
Bachelor's degree21.1%$34,84722.9%$39,473
University advanced certificate or diploma1.4%x1.7%$40,672
Master's degreexx3.6%$23,407
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry0.7%x0.1%$41,688
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful 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

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
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.
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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
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