Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help solve complex issues.Work Environment
Operations research analysts spend most of their time in offices, although some travel may be necessary to meet with clients. Almost all operations research analysts work full time.How to Become an Operations Research Analyst
Although the typical educational requirement for entry-level positions is a bachelor’s degree, some employers may prefer to hire applicants with a master’s degree. Analysts typically have a degree in business, operations research, management science, analytics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, or another technical or quantitative field.Pay
The median annual wage for operations research analysts was $86,200 in May 2020.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.State & Area Data
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