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.
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.
Undergraduate Courses To Become
Recommended major/s to pursue this career
The University of Western Australia