|Quick Facts: Operations Research Analysts|
|2012 Median Pay||
$72,100 per year
$34.66 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||73,200|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||27% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||19,500|
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. Almost all operations research analysts work full time.
Although some employers prefer to hire applicants with a master’s degree or PhDs, many entry-level positions are available for those with a bachelor’s degree. Since few schools offer bachelor’s or advanced degree programs in operations research, analysts typically have degrees in other quantitative fields, such as computer science, industrial engineering, or mathematics.
The median annual wage for operations research analysts was $72,100 in May 2012.
Employment of operations research analysts is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, 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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