Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better decisions.
Operations research analysts spend most of their time in offices, although some conduct site inspections before doing their analysis. Almost all operations research analysts work full time.
Although employers prefer to hire applicants with a master's degree or Ph.D., entry-level positions are available for those with a bachelor's degree. Analysts typically have a degree in operations research, management science, analytics, math, engineering, computer science, or another technical or quantitative field.
The median annual wage for operations research analysts was $78,630 in May 2015.
Employment of operations research analysts is projected to grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As technology advances and companies seek efficiency and cost savings, demand for operations research analysis should continue to grow.
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