Although applicants may need a master’s degree for most operations research positions, a bachelor’s degree is enough for some entry-level positions. Because few schools offer bachelor’s and advanced degree programs in operations research, analysts typically have degrees in other, related fields.Education
Although some employers prefer to hire applicants with a master’s degree, many entry-level positions are available for those with a bachelor’s degree. Although some schools offer bachelor’s and advanced degree programs in operations research, some analysts have degrees in other technical or quantitative fields, such as engineering, computer science, analytics, or mathematics.
Because operations research is based on quantitative analysis, students need extensive coursework in mathematics. Courses include statistics, calculus, and linear algebra. Coursework in computer science is important because analysts rely on advanced statistical and database software to analyze and model data. Courses in other areas, such as engineering, economics, and political science, are useful because operations research is a multidisciplinary field with a wide variety of applications.
Continuing education is important for operations research analysts. Keeping up with advances in technology, software tools, and improved analytical methods is vital.Other Experience
Many operations research analysts who work with the military are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Some positions may require applicants to undergo a background check in order to attain a security clearance.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Operations research analysts use a wide range of methods, such as forecasting, data mining, and statistical analysis, to examine and interpret data. They must determine the appropriate software packages and understand computer programming languages to design and develop new techniques and models.
Communication skills. Operations research analysts often present their data and conclusions to managers and other executives. They also need to communicate technical information to people without a technical background.
Critical-thinking skills. Operations research analysts must be able to figure out what information is relevant to their work. They also must be able to evaluate the costs and benefits of alternative solutions before making a recommendation.
Interpersonal skills. Operations research analysts typically work on teams. They also need to be able to convince managers and top executives to accept their recommendations.
Math skills. The models and methods used by operations research analysts are rooted in statistics, calculus, linear algebra, and other advanced mathematical disciplines.
Problem-solving skills. Operations research analysts need to be able to diagnose problems on the basis of information given to them by others. They then analyze relevant information to solve the problems.
Writing skills. Operations research analysts write memos, reports, and other documents explaining their findings and recommendations.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Supply Chain Analyst||Pluto7 Consulting Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 20, 2016||$132,454|
|Senior Supply Chain Business Analyst||Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc.||Novato, CA||Dec 12, 2016||$130,000|
|Senior Oracle Solutions Supply Chain Analyst||Links Technology Solutions Inc.||Schaumburg, IL||Oct 31, 2016||$130,000|
|Senior Supply Chain IT Analyst||Cameron International Corporation||Houston, TX||Jul 29, 2015||$125,445|
|Senior Supply Chain IT Analyst||Cameron International Corporation||Houston, TX||Jun 22, 2015||$125,445|
|Senior SAP Supply Chain Management Analyst||Smith & Nephew, Inc.||TN||Apr 01, 2014||$123,567|
|SR. Supply Chain IT Analyst||Cameron International Corporation||Houston, TX||Jan 10, 2016||$119,400|
|SR. Analyst-Supply Chain Analyst||Seagate Us LLC||Scotts Valley, CA||Aug 02, 2016||$117,700|
|Senior Demantra/Advanced Supply Chain Analyst||Comcast Cable Communications, LLC||Philadelphia, PA||Sep 17, 2015||$116,771 -
|Oracle Senior Supply Chain Analyst||Newpark Resources, Inc.||Katy, TX||Jul 22, 2013||$115,000|
|Oracle Senior Supply Chain Analyst||Newpark Resources, Inc.||Katy, TX||Aug 19, 2013||$115,000|
|Oracle Senior Supply Chain Analyst||Newpark Resources, Inc.||The Woodlands, TX||Jun 24, 2013||$115,000|
|Senior Supply Chain Analyst||Shutterfly, Inc.||Fort Mill, SC||Jan 25, 2016||$115,000|
|SR. Oracle Supply Chain Analyst||World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc.||Maryland Heights, MO||Nov 03, 2016||$109,000 -
|Oracle Senior Supply Chain Analyst||Newpark Resources, Inc.||The Woodlands, TX||Feb 28, 2013||$108,000|
|Oracle Senior Supply Chain Analyst||Newpark Resources, Inc.||Katy, TX||Jul 22, 2013||$108,000|
|Senior Supply Chain Analyst-Purifications Solution||Cabot Corporation||Boston, MA||Oct 14, 2014||$105,000|
|Senior Supply Chain Analyst||Boston Scientific||Marlborough, MA||Jul 22, 2016||$102,461|
|SR. Operations and Supply Chain Analyst||World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc.||Maryland Heights, MO||Jul 03, 2014||$102,000 -
|SR. Operations Research & Supply Chain Analyst||World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc.||Maryland Heights, MO||Apr 01, 2013||$101,000 -
|SR Supply Chain Bus Analyst||Polycom, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 29, 2016||$100,000 -
|Senior Supply Chain Analyst||Medtronic, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 14, 2015||$88,000|
|Senior Supply Chain Analyst||Guardian Industries Corp.||Carleton, MI||Sep 14, 2016||$86,840|
|Senior Supply Chain Business Analyst||Atmel Corporation||San Jose, CA||Aug 11, 2015||$86,122 -
|SR. Supply Chain Analyst||Bed Bath and Beyond, Inc.||Union, NJ||Jul 02, 2015||$85,812|
|Senior Supply Chain Analyst||BJC Health System||Saint Louis, MO||May 04, 2014||$85,000|
|SR. Supply Chain Analyst for Biomedical Engineering Products||St. Jude Medical Cardiology Division||Plano, TX||Jun 20, 2016||$84,121|
|Senior Supply Chain Inventory Analyst||Boston Scientific Corporation||Marlborough, MA||Sep 30, 2016||$82,813|
|SR. Supply Chain Analyst||Nxstage Medical, Inc.||Lawrence, MA||Jul 28, 2014||$80,000|
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