|Quick Facts: Operations Research Analysts|
|2010 Median Pay||
$70,960 per year
$34.12 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||64,600|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||15% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||9,400|
Operations research analysts use advanced methods of analysis to help organizations solve problems and make better decisions.
Operations research analysts spend most of their time in offices. Almost all operations research analysts work full time.
Applicants need a master’s degree for most operations research positions, but a bachelor’s degree is enough for many entry-level positions. Many schools offer bachelor’s and advanced degree programs in operations research, but it is common for analysts to have degrees in other quantitative fields, such as computer science and mathematics.
The median annual wage of operations research analysts was $70,960 in May 2010.
Employment of operations research analysts is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As technology advances and companies further emphasize efficiency, demand for operations research analysis should continue to grow.
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