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Career Details :: Operations Research Analysts
Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods using a computer to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May develop related software, service, or products. Frequently concentrates on collecting and analyzing data and developing decision support software. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Analyzes problem in terms of management information and conceptualizes and defines problem.
- Prepares model of problem in form of one or several equations that relates constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.
- Specifies manipulative or computational methods to be applied to model.
- Performs validation and testing of model to ensure adequacy or determines need for reformulation.
- Designs, conducts, and evaluates experimental operational models where insufficient data exists to formulate model.
- Evaluates implementation and effectiveness of research.
- Prepares for management reports defining problem, evaluation, and possible solution.
- Studies information and selects plan from competitive proposals that afford maximum probability of profit or effectiveness relating to cost or risk.
- Defines data requirements and gathers and validates information, applying judgment and statistical tests.
- Develops and applies time and cost networks to plan and control large projects.
- Budget Analysts
- Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
- Cost Estimators
- Management Analysts
- Written Comprehension
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Oral Comprehension
- Written Expression
- Deductive Reasoning
General Work Activities
- Analyzing Data or Information
- Provide Consultation & Advice to Others
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Problem Identification
- Systems Evaluation
- Critical Thinking
- Judgment and Decision Making
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Frustrating Circumstances
- Job-Required Social Interaction