dcsimg

Operations Research Analysts picture    Operations Research Analysts image

Operations Research Analysts

Operations research analysts utilize advanced analytical techniques in order to solve problems and make better decisions. Operations research analysts strive to find more effective and efficient techniques to run a variety of operations such as traffic systems and factories. An operations research analyst solves problems. Operations analysts sometimes participate in top-level planning and forecasting. They often have an area of specialization.

An operation research analyst develops and applies mathematical models, computer modeling, statistical analysis, linear programming and other mathematical techniques to develop and interpret information. The objective of this work is to help managers with making decisions and formulating policies.

Operations analysts determine the most effective way for managing personnel, money, equipment, materials and space. They help improve inefficient operating methods that produce financial losses. An operations analyst utilizes engineering, mathematics, computer programming and scientific techniques.

Operations research analysts are employed by the military, manufacturing industries, telecommunications, insurance, the government and other sectors. Some operations research analysts are employed by consulting firms and research organizations. Some analysts create schedules and routes for trains, planes and buses. A common job title is analytical strategist.

Responsibilities

  • Determine data requirements and collect and validate information by using statistical tests and judgement
  • Develop decision support software
  • Determine the most appropriate analytical technique
  • Evaluate information to conceptualize and define operational problems
  • Test models for accuracy and make changes if necessary
  • Consult with managers to identify and solve various problems and to learn management objectives
  • Prepare reports for management that define and evaluate problems and recommend solutions
  • Indicate computational or manipulative techniques to apply to models
  • Break systems into component parts
  • Use analytical methods from science, math and engineering

Job Characteristics

They usually are working at their desks or in computer rooms. Operations analysts often work as part of a team, however a lot of their time is spent on independent calculations and computer work. An operations research analyst typically works 40 hours a week, however due to the need to meet deadlines they may work overtime. They also spend time to stay current with the latest developments in the field.

Employment Outlook

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Typically, employers seek candidates that have earned, at a minimum, a master's degree in operations research or a closely related subject such as engineering, computer science, mathematics, business, management science or information systems. Often, employers prefer the master's degree to be combined with a bachelor's degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics or economics. Graduate degrees in both computer science and operations research are very attractive to employers.

Since computers are the most important tools utilized by operations analysts they also need training and experience in computer programming. They also need skills in database collection and management and in developing and utilizing sophisticated software packages. Continuing education is vital for those in the profession. An operations research analyst can move up and become a technical specialist or a supervisor on more complex projects. They may also acquire higher level managerial or administrative jobs. Some operations research analysts open their own consulting business.

Resources

Major Employers

The major employment providing industries are management, scientific and technical services; computer systems design and related services; management of companies and enterprises, insurance carriers and the federal government.

Schools for Operations Research Analysts are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Operations Research Analysts

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Operations Research Analysts jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 4400 $75,210
Fort Worth 4400 $75,210
Arlington 4400 $75,210
Long Beach 4350 $83,070
Anaheim 4350 $83,070
Los Angeles 4350 $83,070
Phoenix 3970 $62,070
Scottsdale 3970 $62,070
Mesa 3970 $62,070
Sunnyvale 3450 $106,630
Total Employment for Operations Analysts - Top 5 Cities Nationwide
Compare Total Employment for Operations Analysts
STATE
CITIES
EMPLOYMENT
 
Salaries for Operations Analysts - Top 5 Cities Nationwide
Compare Salaries for Operations Analysts
STATE
CITIES
SALARY
 
Total Employment and Salary for Professions Similar to Operations Analysts

Most Popular Industries for :
Operations Research Analysts

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 14,380 23% $77,930
Government 8,640 14% $71,210
Banking And Credit 5,330 8% $57,710
Insurance 4,700 7% $59,640
Business Management 4,160 6% $71,470
Telecommunications 2,940 4% $70,450
Education 2,600 4% $53,720
Securities And Investment 2,280 3% $71,160
Internet Service Provider 2,260 3% $76,070
Electronics And Computer 1,660 2% $73,720
Office Services And Staffing 1,630 2% $64,470
Hospital 1,430 2% $61,150
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 1,120 1% $71,170
Durable Goods Wholesale 1,060 1% $78,950
Chemicals 920 1% $85,530
Utilities 640 1% $72,000
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab.
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school.
 
Results:  10
Matching School Ads
Programs
  • BA Operations Management and Analysis
  • MBA - Supply Chain Management
  • BA Supply Chain Management
  • Become the leader you know you can be @ Ashford University
  • Apply Now! Classes Start Every Tuesday!
Programs
  • MBA - Operations Management

Since 1888, The University of Scranton has grounded its education in Catholic and Jesuit principles based on intellectual growth and integrity, all of which shape the online master’s and certificate programs. You can choose one of five graduate degree programs from a selective institution ranked among the Top 10 Universities in the North and Top 20 Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

 

The online, master’s degree curriculum is taught by highly credentialed faculty and reflects the same rigorous academic standards as the on-campus programs. Nearly all of The University of Scranton’s instructional faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their fields – so you can excel in yours.

Programs
  • BA Operations Management and Analysis
  • MBA - Supply Chain Management
  • BA Supply Chain Management

Become the leader you know you can be. The Forbes School of Business & TechnologyÒat Ashford University combines the power and flexibility of online learning with high-quality, topical Forbes content so you learn business fundamentals as well as keep current on business trends, triumphs, and tragedies.

Programs
  • Online and ground-based program areas include Fashion Marketing and Management and more.
  • Students can study branding, event management, and public relations to help them prepare for a marketing career
  • Course topics include Fundamentals of Business, Brand Strategy, Project Management, and Principles of Market Research
  • Over 50 locations nationwide, with a student support team dedicated to helping students grow
camnpus icon
San Francisco
Visit School Site
Programs
  • Offers several scholarship opportunities for students who qualify.
  • Laptop computers are issued to each student at the beginning of their program.
  • Provides programs in health care, business, information technology, and graphic arts.
  • Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

Our family of non-profit colleges admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

camnpus icon
National City
Request Info
Programs
  • Available business concentrations include Accounting, Economics, General Management, Marketing, and Human Resource Management.
  • Ranked among the Best Online MBA and Online Graduate Business Programs in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Programmatic accreditation provided by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Programs
  • A private, accredited distance learning college based in Norcross, Georgia founded in 1987.
  • Ensures that service members, their spouses and veterans can maximize their military education benefits.
  • Gives students the option to customize monthly payments to fit their budgets and lifestyle.
  • Offers all-inclusive tuition: textbooks, learning materials, and academic support are covered in the cost.
  • Allows alumni to enroll in any future program at a reduced rate.
Programs
  • Ph.D. Organizational Leadership
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities ( beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities. 
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Programs
  • Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Purdue University offers a strong foundation of tradition and history, an environment of intellectual curiosity and discovery, and a supportive, student-centered approach to learning. Founded in 1869 as a land-grant school, the University is known today for its prolific faculty as well as a record of distinguished research and achievement in aerospace, engineering, technology, science, and math. Our goal is to educate and develop men and women of personal integrity and scholarly excellence.

Programs
  • MS in Organization Development and Leadership

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person). The strong liberal arts foundation promotes an environment of open-minded investigation and debate and attends to developing students beyond their academic accomplishments, while maintaining high academic standards. The University strives to be recognized as the preeminent Catholic comprehensive university in the Northeast.

We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Operations Research Analysts.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

Back to Top