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Operations Research Analysts

Also called: Analytical Strategist, Operations Research Analyst, Operations Research Manager, Scientist

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Formulate mathematical or simulation models of problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.
  • Collaborate with senior managers and decision makers to identify and solve a variety of problems and to clarify management objectives.
  • Collaborate with others in the organization to ensure successful implementation of chosen problem solutions.


Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • using math to solve problems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Dependability
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • ILOG OPL-CPLEX Development System
  • LINDO Systems LINGO
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++
  • R
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Oracle software


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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