Operations Research Analyst at a Glance

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Best States for Operations Research Analyst

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Virginia 4,640 $97,560 $47
Maryland 2,810 $87,950 $42
District of Columbia 1,870 $98,670 $47

Becoming an Operations Research Analyst

Operations research analysts typically hold a master's degree in operations research, management science, or another related field. But many entry-level positions are available to candidates with a bachelor's. Analysts may hold a degree in a technical field such as engineering, computer science, or mathematics. Coursework in computer science, statistics, calculus, and linear algebra is especially helpful for a career in operations research.

Many schools offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in operations research, but it is not uncommon for analysts to hold degrees in other related fields. Given the nature of the work, operations research analysts will need extensive coursework in advanced mathematics, including statistics, calculus, and linear algebra. A sampling of classes you may take in an operations research program, drawn from course listings for the Georgia Institute of Technology's master of science in operations research program, include the following:

  • Deterministic Optimization
  • Probabilistic Models and Their Applications
  • Simulation
  • Mathematical Statistics

In addition to mathematical skills, analysts should possess strong critical-thinking, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. The BLS reports that analysts with a master's degree or Ph.D. in operations management should enjoy better career opportunities and advancement.