Operations Research Analysts

What do they do?

Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.

Also known as:

Advanced Analytics Associate, Analytical Strategist, Business Analytics Director, Business Insight and Analytics Manager, Decision Analyst, Operations Research Analyst, Operations Research Director, Operations Research Group Manager, Operations Research Manager, Optimization Analyst

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Operations Research Analysts in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Operations Research Analysts is projected to grow 36 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 36.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #11 in job growth rate
  • 850

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #3 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (5.5%)
  • Master's degree (28.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (43%)
  • Associate's degree (6.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (11.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (5.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.1%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Develop scientific or mathematical models.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
  • Present research results to others.
  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems.
  • Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements.
  • Evaluate data quality.

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