The BLS says that market survey researchers’ main goal is to “gather information about what people think.” They work primarily for advertising, marketing or consulting agencies. According to O*Net, 52% of individuals in this position have at least a master’s degree, and 11% have a doctoral degree. Despite the high level of qualification, the median wage for researchers is just $36,050. The bottom 10% of people in this position make $18,660 or less. Survey researchers are one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country with number of positions expected to increase by 30% from 2008 to 2018.