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Operations Research Analysts

Operations Research Analysts
Quick Facts : Operations Research Analysts*
2010 Median Pay$70,960
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201264,600
Job Outlook15% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change9,400

Operations research analysts use advanced methods of analysis to help companies solve problems. Operations research analysts are involved in all aspects of an organization. They use sophisticated computer software such as databases and statistical modeling packages, help allocate resources, develop production schedules, manage the supply chain, and set prices.

What Operations Research Analysts Do

  • Identify and define business problems, such as those in production, logistics, or sales
  • Gather input from workers involved in all aspects of the problem or from others who have specialized knowledge that can help solve the problem
  • Examine information to figure out what is relevant to the problem and what methods should be used to analyze it
  • Based on their findings, advise managers and other decision makers on the appropriate course of action to take to solve a problem
  • Write memos, reports, and other documents outlining their findings and recommendations for managers, executives, and other officials

Work Environment

Operations research analysts spend most of their time in offices. Almost all operations research analysts work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of operations research analysts is expected to grow by 15 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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The average salary of operations research analysts was $70,960 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Operations Research Analysts

Applicants need a master's degree for most operations research positions, but a bachelor's degree is enough for many entry-level positions. Many schools offer bachelor's and advanced degree programs in operations research, but it is common for analysts to have degrees in related fields.
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