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A field officer collects data, often used for research purposes. Field officers conduct surveys for a wide array of industries, from anthropology to geography, marketing, advertising and social sciences. Most turn over their findings to others within the industry to help them determine what type of work needs to be done.
Field officers have a multitude of duties. Some may take simple surveys involving passersby at a shopping mall, while others conduct more thorough forms of research, including testing collected data. The most important aspect of being a field officer is going out into the field, interacting and compiling information from the public.
Field officers in any industry must possess excellent interpersonal, organization and communication skills. They must have an understanding of the type of information they are seeking, as well as a professional, courteous and analytical penchant.
Requirements to become a field officer vary greatly by industry, although all need a high school diploma or its equivalent. Others may need to possess an associate degree or bachelor’s degree, depending on their chosen field.