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: $31.66/hr
Median: $44.33/hr
Experienced: $54.25/hr

Current Employment
446 (2019)

Projected Employment
555 (2030)

Growth for Operations Research Analysts

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019 - 2030)% Change (2019 - 2030)

Industries Employing Operations Research Analysts

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service6815.2%0.4%
Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers6113.7%1.8%
Corporate, Subsidiary, and Regional Managing Offices357.8%0.7%
Computer Systems Design Services265.8%.6%
Credit Card Issuing173.9%1.3%

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.