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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|
|Oracle Supply Chain Solutions System Analyst||Links Technology Solutions Inc.||Schaumburg, IL||Oct 05, 2016||$134,000|
|Supplier Analyst||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jan 19, 2016||$119,000|
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst||Fender Musical Instruments Corporation||Scottsdale, AZ||Mar 19, 2011||$115,624|
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst||Fender Musical Instruments Corporation||Scottsdale, AZ||Oct 04, 2009||$115,000|
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst||The DEI Group||MD||Sep 09, 2015||$106,000|
|Supply Analyst||Chevron Corporation||Coral Gables, FL||Aug 15, 2010||$103,000|
|Oracle Supply Chain Systems Analyst||Config Consultants Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 17, 2013||$99,653|
|WMS IT Supply Chain Systems Analyst||Vitamin Shoppe Industries||Ashland, VA||Feb 04, 2016||$96,970|
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst||RH Us, LLC.||Corte Madera, CA||Dec 15, 2014||$90,000|
|WMS IT Supply Chain Systems Analyst||Vitamin Shoppe Industries||North Bergen, NJ||Apr 01, 2013||$90,000|
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst||RH Us, LLC.||Corte Madera, CA||Feb 02, 2015||$90,000|
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst||RH Us, LLC.||Corte Madera, CA||Jan 22, 2015||$90,000|
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst||Fender Musical Instruments Corp.||Scottsdale, AZ||Aug 17, 2010||$89,000 -
|Supply Chain Systems SR. Analyst||J. Crew Group, Inc.||NC||Mar 12, 2012||$85,000|
|Supply Chain Software and Systems Analyst||MGS Consulting Corporation||Coral Gables, FL||Oct 01, 2011||$83,200|
|Supply Chain Software and Systems Analyst||Mg|S Consulting Corporation||Coral Gables, FL||Oct 01, 2011||$83,200|
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst||Rockwell Automation, Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||Sep 19, 2016||$81,400|
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst||Fender Musical Instruments Corporation||Scottsdale, AZ||May 10, 2012||$81,100 -
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst||Fender Musical Instruments Corporation||Scottsdale, AZ||May 10, 2015||$80,000 -
|Supply Chain and Operations Systems Analyst||Tensoft Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 09, 2016||$75,000|
|Supply Chain Systems & Process Analyst||Provide Commerce, Inc. DBA Proflowers.Com||San Diego, CA||Jun 09, 2014||$75,000|
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst||The DEI Group||MD||May 20, 2015||$72,592|
|Supply Chain System Analyst||Silverxis, Inc.||Boise, ID||Nov 05, 2013||$70,000|
|Supply Chain System Analyst||Silverxis Inc.||Chandler, AZ||Sep 01, 2013||$70,000|
|Supply Chain Systems Analyst(Mechanics)||The DEI Group||MD||Sep 09, 2012||$66,500|
|Supply Chain Systems & Process Analyst||Provide Commerce, Inc. DBA Proflowers.Com||San Diego, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$65,000|
|Supply Analyst||Just Energy (U.S.) Corp||Houston, TX||Mar 08, 2015||$65,000|
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