Operations Research Analyst

Use existing research to improve your company's operations.
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$40,000 – $123,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Operations Research Analysts do?

In the modern workplace, nothing happens by accident: Systems and processes are based on years of research and study that have been conducted by professionals in various disciplines. As an Operations Research Analyst, you take all that knowledge and theory which underlie modern systems, and figure out how to improve them to make those systems more efficient.

The systems you improve as an Operations Research Analyst can be pretty diverse. You might deal with streamlining a car production process, or work on improving the supply chain distribution of a large retailer. But regardless of the subject you work on, as the Operations Research Analyst, you use scientific methods and mathematical analysis to improve how work gets done. If you think in numbers and like turning a real-world scenario into a statistical expression, then this might be just the job for you.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a numbers-crunching spot, though—while this job calls for hard knowledge about math and statistics, it also requires imagination. Working as part of a team, you help figure out shortcomings of a current workflow situation, then replace those shortcomings with better processes. Coming up with these new solutions requires innovation, meaning this job needs both the analytic and creative parts of your brain.

This is certainly an intellectually taxing job, but the good news is that you won’t be doing it alone. You’ll work with your Analyst teammates to break down problems, interpret data that has been collected, and formulate recommendations. You’ll also travel out to work sites to talk with Managers and workers, to draw on their experiences and knowledge to help form your opinions. In fact, collaboration is so integral to this position that you should be just as comfortable working with people as with numbers, and possess the communications skills to make yourself clear to people without your math and statistics background.

Should I be an Operations Research Analyst?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Analytical Strategist, File System Installer, Liaison Planner, Material Liaison, Material Requirements Worker See More

    How to Become an
    Operations Research Analyst

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