Operations Research Analysts

General Information

Description

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

Explore this career in the military

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit42.65%
  2. Federal government31.61%
  3. State and local government18.40%
  4. Private, not for profit6.29%
  5. Self-employed0.96%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of operations research analysts is projected to grow 25 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 10,200 openings for operations research analysts are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Read More
No Information for this section

Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$86,200

Military salary*

$106,229

Explore this career in the Military

State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$110,780
$57,430
No Information for this section

Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 70%
  • Bachelor's degree 30%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Related College Majors

Select major to see colleges that offer it

Knowledge

  • Mathematics
  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
No Information for this section