Operations Research Analysts

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.

Operations research analysts apply mathematical modeling methods to interpret information that supports policy formation and other managerial functions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for operations research analysts should continue to grow as companies continue to emphasize efficiency. They are predominantly employed in the industries of computer systems design, enterprise management, scientific and technical consulting, and insurance.<

In 2012, U.S. operations research analysts earned national median wages of $34.66 per hour, or $72,100 per year, in a growing job market. In 2010, 64,600 operations research analysts were employed in the U.S., a figure set to rise to 74,000 by 2020, in an 15% increase creating 3,000 new jobs—50 of them right here in North Carolina. A glance at the many jobs currently available at both the national and local levels reveals a career path rich with opportunity.

If you are interested in a career in operations research analysis, NC State, with one of the oldest and most respected statistics programs in the nation, can help. Most operations research analysis jobs require a master’s degree, and some require PhD. After earning your MS in Statistics online, augmented with the Certificate in Statistical Computing, you can pursue your PhD  on our campus in Raleigh.

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1Master's Degree56
2Doctoral Degree11

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