Do survey researchers who know SPSS have higher job satisfaction than survey researchers who don’t?
Look, it’s not for everybody—not everyone who does survey research needs to know SPSS. But for some researchers, me included, knowing SPSS sure can make our work more pleasant and efficient.
So, how to decide if gaining some new SPSS skills might boost your job satisfaction? Consider these three questions:
- Are you on a team that includes data analysts who work in SPSS, such that you want to be able to better make requests and understand results?
- Do you like to collaborate with others on data analysis, such that you can compare results?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then building a strong foundation in SPSS may be worthwhile for you. It will take some work, but it is doable. Consider the following list of common SPSS functions as a way to set some learning objectives:
- Super basic: Creating/name/recoding variables, Descriptives, Crosstabs, Chi-square
- Basic: ANOVA, T-tests, Weighting
- A little less basic: Factor analysis, Multi-level crosstabs, Regression
And if you already have the “super basics” and “basics” down, and want to strengthen your foundation some more, please consider the SPSS 201 course, which starts January 9th. Get hands-on in our virtual classroom, as the instructor takes you step-by-step, with real-time demonstrations and coaching.
About SPSS 201
- Prerequisites: Students must have completed the Intro to SPSS course or equivalent. All students must have an SPSS license, version 18 or higher. If you don’t have an SPSS license, various online stores sell them, including Amazon.
- When: January 9, 16, 23, 30, 1 to 3 pm eastern
- Fee: $475 per student (use discount code 50SPSS, to get $50 off. Code expires December 28th, midnight eastern).
- Save your seat: Registration link
And if you have any colleagues who are just getting started with SPSS, here is a link to a 2-hour lesson from Intro to SPSS. This recording covers intro-level lessons on descriptives, weighting, ANOVA, and t-tests (it’s from Day 4 of the 4-day intro-level course).