Consulting & Strategy
Operations Research Analyst
Operations research analysts help companies investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better business decisions.
What does an Operations Research Analyst do?
Operations research analysts use computer software, and advanced mathematical and analytical methods, to help companies investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better business decisions.
As an operations research analyst, you might:
- Identify and solve real-world problems in areas such as business, logistics, healthcare, or other fields
- collect and organise information from a variety of sources, such as computer databases, sales histories, and customer feedback
- collaborate with workers familiar with a problem, or with others who have specialised knowledge of business processes
- examine information to determine its relevance to a problem
- use sophisticated software to run statistical analyses, simulations, predictive modelling, or other methods to analyse information
- use the results of analysis to develop practical solutions to business problems
- write reports explaining your findings, the impacts of various possible courses of action and your recommendations.
Key skills and interests
To become an operations research analyst, you would need:
- excellent maths and IT skills
- strong business acumen
- a highly methodical and logical approach to your work
- the ability to analyse and prioritise complex information
- excellent written and verbal communication skills
- strong problem solving and research skills
- the ability to explain complex ideas clearly to non-experts.
Working hours and conditions
In a full-time role, you would usually work standard business hours, Monday to Friday.
Operations research analysts work inside companies, or for companies which specialise in business or strategy consulting for multiple clients. You would usually work in an office and spend time visiting other parts of the company, or client sites.
How to become an Operations Research Analyst?
Entry Level Education
To become an operations research analyst, you would need to have a degree in an area such as mathematics, statistics, computing/IT, economics or business studies. Because operations research is based on quantitative analysis, you would need extensive coursework in mathematics or statistical / data analysis as part of your degree. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Continuing education is important for operations research analysts. Keeping up with advances in technology, software tools, and improved analytical methods is vital. For more senior roles, some employers prefer to hire applicants with a master’s degree, specifically in operations research or management science. A bachelor’s degree is usually sufficient for entry level roles,
Employment of operations research analysts is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.
As technology advances and companies continue to seek efficiency and cost savings, demand for operations research analysis should continue to grow.