Operations Research Analysts
SOC: 15-2031.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
91,300 employed

Projected (2024):
118,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Analyst
  • Analytical Strategist
  • Analytics Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Analytics Director
  • Business Insight and Analytics Manager
  • Business Operations Analyst
  • Business Process Analyst
  • Decision Analyst
  • Decision Support Analyst
  • File System Installer
  • Forms Analyst
  • Liaison Planner
  • Material Liaison
  • Material Requirements Worker
  • Method Consultant
  • Methods Analyst
  • Methods Specialist
  • Office System Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Operations Research Group Manager
  • Operations Research Manager
  • Operations Specialist
  • Policy Advisor
  • Policy Officer
  • Procedure Analyst
  • Procedure Writer
  • Process Analyst
  • Professor
  • Risk Analyst
  • Scientist
  • Standards Analyst
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Consultant
  • Technical Analyst

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Formulate mathematical or simulation models of problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.
  • Collaborate with others in the organization to ensure successful implementation of chosen problem solutions.
  • Analyze information obtained from management to conceptualize and define operational problems.
  • 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.
  • Define data requirements and gather and validate information, applying judgment and statistical tests.
  • Study and analyze information about alternative courses of action to determine which plan will offer the best outcomes.
  • Prepare management reports defining and evaluating problems and recommending solutions.
  • Break systems into their component parts, assign numerical values to each component, and examine the mathematical relationships between them.
  • Specify manipulative or computational methods to be applied to models.
  • Observe the current system in operation and gather and analyze information about each of the parts of component problems, using a variety of sources.
  • Design, conduct, and evaluate experimental operational models in cases where models cannot be developed from existing data.
  • Develop and apply time and cost networks to plan, control, and review large projects.
  • Develop business methods and procedures, including accounting systems, file systems, office systems, logistics systems, and production schedules.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Mainframe computers
  • Personal computers
  • A mathematical programming language AMPL
  • Apache Pig
  • Business Forecast Systems Forecast Pro
  • C
  • C++
  • Cisco Systems IOS
  • Claritas PRIZM NE
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • ESRI ArcExplorer
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Fund accounting software
  • General algebraic modeling system GAMS
  • Hyperion Solutions Hyperion Intelligence
  • IBM Cognos Impromptu
  • IBM Power Systems software
  • iGrafx software
  • ILOG OPL-CPLEX Development System
  • Imagine That Extend OR
  • Insightful S-PLUS
  • Job control language JCL
  • LINDO Systems LINGO
  • Linux
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • McAfee software
  • Mesquite Software CSIM
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft MapPoint
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft SQL Server software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • MicroStrategy software
  • Minitab software
  • Mixed integer optimizer MINTO
  • MySQL software
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
  • Oracle Eloqua software
  • Oracle Hyperion software
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Oracle software
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • ProModel software
  • Python
  • Qlik Tech QlikView
  • R
  • Rockwell Automation Arena
  • SAP Business Objects software
  • SAP Crystal Reports
  • SAP software
  • SAS software
  • Splunk Enterprise
  • SPSS software
  • Stanford Business Software MINOS
  • Stanford Business Software SNOPT
  • StataCorp Stata
  • Strategic Reporting Systems ReportSmith
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Sun Microsystems Java
  • Sybase PowerBuilder
  • Tableau software
  • Telelogic System Architect
  • Teradata Database
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • The MathWorks Simulink
  • UNIX
  • Veritas NetBackup
  • Wireshark
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica

  • computer and mathematical

    industry stats

    SOC: 15-0000

    Total Employed: 4,005,250

    Average Annual Salary: $86,170