Operations Research Analysts

Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $33.67/hr
Median: $44.53/hr
Experienced: $53.07/hr

Current Employment
422 (2018)

Projected Employment
527 (2029)

Growth for Operations Research Analysts

2018 Jobs2029 JobsChange (2018 - 2029)% Change (2018 - 2029)

Industries Employing Operations Research Analysts

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2018)% of Occupation in Industry (2018)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2018)
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service5713.6%0.3%
Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers4811.4%1.5%
Corporate, Subsidiary, and Regional Managing Offices337.9%0.6%
Computer Systems Design Services225.3%05%
Credit Card Issuing215%1.4%

Occupational Tasks

  • Formulate mathematical or simulation models of problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.
  • Perform validation and testing of models to ensure adequacy and reformulate models as necessary.
  • Collaborate with senior managers and decision makers to identify and solve a variety of problems and to clarify management objectives.
  • Present the results of mathematical modeling and data analysis to management or other end users.
  • Collaborate with others in the organization to ensure successful implementation of chosen problem solutions.