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What is a Data Collector.. and how can you find a job working as one?

Here's another neat job opportunity as a data collector for all you savvy job seekers!

You may ask what a collector does.

Simple! They basically gather pricing information at retail stores. Seems pretty easy, right?

Some assignments may ask you to set up displays or lift heavy merchandise but, for the most part, all you will be doing is gathering that pricing information.

Here are some details:

You will be assigned to stores that you may be asked to visit regularly, perhaps weekly or monthly.

This may be a part-time or full-time position depending on the city you reside in.

Pay ranges from $12-15 per hour.

You may need to purchase a data collection device to be able to record upc codes or change prices on items.

What are the requirements?

The requirements are pretty simple and straightforward:

A valid driver's license.

A reliable car or access to transportation.

Auto insurance (if you own a vehicle).

Access to the internet.

You will be given detailed instructions by the company that you are contracting with in order to complete the job successfully(remember you will be considered an independent contractor and not an employee of the company that you end up working for).

They will tell you which stores you need to go and they will give you a list of items to collect data on.  Most of the time, you will need to speak to the manager at the location you will be collecting at and show them a letter basically proving you are working as an Independent contractor for the company that has contracted you.

In very rare cases (mostly mystery shopping gigs), you will be asked to discreetly obtain the data that is needed without any of the employees knowing.

Although it may seem impossible to do this, it is actually quite easy if you plan out ahead of time how you are going to collect the information.

A very good friend of mine who was a very accomplished Mystery Shopper and ended up being a scheduler for a Mystery Shopping company told me how she got around this seemingly unsurmountable task.  She would do one of 2 things.

1.  She would call her husband on her cell phone and give him the information over the phone and he would jot it all down for her.


2.  If her husband wasn't available, she would turn on her recorder on her cell phone, put the phone to her ear as if she was making a call and record the information that she needed to collect so that she could retrieve it later at home!

Either way, the stores paid her no mind because they thought she was simply talking on the phone!  Very clever indeed!  =)

Where to find these jobs??

So now, the question is, where can you find these jobs? And how do you apply?

Currently, you can find work in this area at the following websites: Collectors

When you go to this website, you will need to do the following in order to locate jobs :

Click on "careers"

Go to: search openings, make sure that in the "state" box it says "any"

In the "description keywords" box, type in : data collector

And Voila! You will see all the available jobs for collectors in the U.S!

This list changes often, so be sure to check the website from time to time to see any new updates.

You can also find available positions

For more details on, check out my page on how to be a merchandiser! offers great resources and information in these two areas as well as in the area of Mystery Shopping.


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