Social Researcher

Social researchers plan, design, conduct, manage and report on social research projects. You'll need to be curious about human behaviour, a logical thinker, and have an awareness of research methods to get a job as a social researcher.

Social Researcher

Social Researcher

Roles and responsibilities

What does a Social Researcher do?
Social Researchers may perform the following tasks:
  • get instructions from your client about the nature of the research to be carried out
  • use an appropriate and creative methodology to design and manage a research project, which may involve the use of quantitative and/or qualitative methods and may include both pilot and development work
  • design questionnaires
  • apply a range of research techniques to gather relevant information, including document analysis, surveys, case studies and interviews (face-to-face, telephone and online)
  • develop and test theories
  • liaise with and direct social research field interviewers to gather information
  • carry out information and data retrieval searches using electronic databases
  • analyse and evaluate research and interpret data, making sure that key issues are identified
  • gather information by directing or carrying out fieldwork
  • prepare, present and disseminate results, for example as a verbal presentation and in a written report
  • offer research-based briefings and advice, which may involve writing action plans
  • advise external bodies on social policy
  • prepare and present tenders for new research projects.
What personal requirements will you need?
  • experience in quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies and research techniques
  • numeracy and confidence in using statistical techniques and computer-based programs
  • strong analytical skills
  • excellent interpersonal, teamworking and communication skills
  • report-writing skills
  • project management skills
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • a flexible approach to be able to work on several different research projects at the same time
  • organisation skills, including time management and the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines.
What does a Social Researcher do?
Social Researchers may perform the following tasks:
  • get instructions from your client about the nature of the research to be carried out
  • use an appropriate and creative methodology to design and manage a research project, which may involve the use of quantitative and/or qualitative methods and may include both pilot and development work
  • design questionnaires
  • apply a range of research techniques to gather relevant information, including document analysis, surveys, case studies and interviews (face-to-face, telephone and online)
  • develop and test theories
  • liaise with and direct social research field interviewers to gather information
  • carry out information and data retrieval searches using electronic databases
  • analyse and evaluate research and interpret data, making sure that key issues are identified
  • gather information by directing or carrying out fieldwork
  • prepare, present and disseminate results, for example as a verbal presentation and in a written report
  • offer research-based briefings and advice, which may involve writing action plans
  • advise external bodies on social policy
  • prepare and present tenders for new research projects.
What personal requirements will you need?
  • experience in quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies and research techniques
  • numeracy and confidence in using statistical techniques and computer-based programs
  • strong analytical skills
  • excellent interpersonal, teamworking and communication skills
  • report-writing skills
  • project management skills
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • a flexible approach to be able to work on several different research projects at the same time
  • organisation skills, including time management and the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines.
Undergraduate Courses To Become

Social Researcher

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Postgraduate Courses To Become

Social Researcher