Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to 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.
Common job titles of Operations Research Analysts include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
70% said they needed a Master's Degree.
30% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Present the results of mathematical modeling and data analysis to management or other end users.
Design, conduct, and evaluate experimental operational models in cases where models cannot be developed from existing data.
Observe the current system in operation and gather and analyze information about each of the parts of component problems, using a variety of sources.
Break systems into their components, assign numerical values to each component, and examine the mathematical relationships between them.
Define data requirements and gather and validate information, applying judgment and statistical tests.
Collaborate with senior managers and decision makers to identify and solve a variety of problems and to clarify management objectives.
Perform validation and testing of models to ensure adequacy and reformulate models as necessary.
Analyze information obtained from management to conceptualize and define operational problems.
Collaborate with others in the organization to ensure successful implementation of chosen problem solutions.
Formulate mathematical or simulation models of problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.
Educate staff in the use of mathematical models.
Develop business methods and procedures, including accounting systems, file systems, office systems, logistics systems, and production schedules.
Specify manipulative or computational methods to be applied to models.
Prepare management reports defining and evaluating problems and recommending solutions.
Study and analyze information about alternative courses of action to determine which plan will offer the best outcomes.
Develop and apply time and cost networks to plan, control, and review large projects.
Dassault Systemes CATIAAll Technologies
Data entry software
ESRI ArcGIS software
Extensible markup language XML
Geographic information system GIS software
IBM Cognos Impromptu
IBM SPSS Statistics
Marketo Marketing Automation
Microsoft Exchange Server
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript
National Instruments LabVIEW
Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
Qlik Tech QlikView
SAP Business Objects
SAP Crystal Reports
The MathWorks MATLAB
A mathematical programming language AMPL
Blackbaud The Raiser’s Edge
Business Forecast Systems Forecast Pro
Cisco Systems IOS
Claritas PRIZM NE
Fund accounting software
General algebraic modeling system GAMS
Hewlett Packard HP-UX
Human resource management software HRMS
Hyperion Solutions Hyperion Intelligence
IBM Power Systems software
ILOG OPL-CPLEX Development System
Imagine That Extend OR
Job control language JCL
LINDO Systems LINGO
Mesquite Software CSIM
Mixed integer optimizer MINTO
Rockwell Automation Arena
Stanford Business Software MINOS
Stanford Business Software SNOPT
Strategic Reporting Systems ReportSmith
Sun Microsystems Java
Telelogic System Architect
The MathWorks Simulink
Wolfram Research Mathematica
Using mathematics to solve problems.
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.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Number Facility
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas
Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity