Department Of Labor
As an Economic Assistant , you will collect prices and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities , services , and housing for the BLS Consumer Price Index .
Duties include but are not limited to .
Visiting retail and service establishments such as department stores , supermarkets , medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data .
A limited amount of data is collected by telephone fax .
Obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey respondents .
Conducting face to face and telephonic interviews with store managers and buyers , doctors , pharmacists and other professionals to obtain data related to their commodities and services .
Using hand held computers and other electronic equipment to collect and enter statistical data .
Contacting homeowners , renters , apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhoods and follow up telephone interviews .