Career outlook for market research interviewer

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Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would ask people questions and collect their answers to provide information to businesses or organisations about public opinion.

You would stop people in the street or phone them to get them to spend time with you and answer your questions.

You’ll need to listen carefully and record the information correctly and clearly: it would be useful to have neat writing.

You’d work for a research agency which would run the project. The agency would prepare a questionnaire designed to find the information that an organisation or business needs.

You might be asking questions for:

  • All sorts of businesses
  • An advertising agency
  • A government department or agency
  • A charity
  • A polling organisation

As part of a team, you would:

  • Go to an information session (briefing) about the research project
  • Stop people in the street, phone them or go to their home to ask them questions
  • Explain about the research and how it’ll be used
  • Ask a number of set questions from the questionnaire
  • Record people’s answers on paper forms, a hand-held computer or video
  • Organise the results and pass them back to the market research organisation

The agency would require you to complete a set number of interviews with people from the target audience. You’d need to be friendly and polite but also move on quickly if someone isn’t interested.

Working conditions


Part-time and short-term temporary work is common. Hours can be irregular, including evenings and weekends. Some organisations offer more long-term contracts after a few months.


You may interview people face-to-face in the street, in shopping centres or door-to-door. This can mean spending a long time on your feet in all weather conditions. As a telephone interviewer, you may work from a call centre or from home.


You may need a car to travel to different sites.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Filtering
  • Attention to detail
  • Understanding
  • Listening
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Cooperating
  • Empathising
  • Questioning
  • Observation

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There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role.

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show some understanding of marketing, communication skills and ICT skills such as Skills for Work Creative Digital Media (SCQF level 4) or Retailing (SCQF level 5).

Experience of dealing with the public, in any kind of customer service job.

Fluency in a language other than English may be useful.