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Taylor Little
Jennifer Adams
Bus 1010
25 November 2014
Operations Research Analyst
The job I choose to research is an Operations Research Analyst because they are really
talented problem solvers, which is something I enjoy doing and pushing myself with. A better
job description of an Operations research analyst is: “ A high-level problem-solver, who uses
advanced techniques, such as optimization, data mining, statistical analysis and mathematical
modeling, to develop solutions that help businesses and organizations operate efficiently and
cost-effectively.” Marquardt, K. (2012).
So, in similar terms, an Operations research analyst applies different forms of data and
mathematics to interpret a bundle of information that can help assist with many management
situations and functions. The different forms of data can then be processed in the decisionmaking procedure to help make a kind of software that can be useful in support systems, as well
as service and other products businesses would be able to use in their daily routine. With that,
there are endless possibilities of the type of jobs an Operations research analyst could pursue,
whether it is in the military, engineering, social network or airline companies, almost every
business needs someone to analyze data for the company.
Since there are so many possibilities with this job, the upward movement and possibility
to get promoted is above average than most other jobs. It also has an average stress level and has
more flexibility to work with since it is such an important job. This is how Operations Research
Analysts became the second best business job in the United States.

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Because it is the second best business job, the salary is close behind with the highest paid
professional earning more than $129,000 a year. With anything else, the highest-paying
metropolitan areas are in the highest populated states, such as: California as well as New York.
These people are usually found working in securities and doing work within the financial
industry. To earn the highest amount, one needs to have at least 10 years plus of experience, with
the knowledge of certain software, analytical skills and be very quick with their mathematical
problem solving skills.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Operations
Research Analyst was $72,100 in 2012 and the lowest paying Analyst was paid $40,000 per year.
The median is required to have at least five years of experience as well as knowledge of
software’s in the field. The lowest salary is for entry level Operations Analysts.
If a person is serious and knows that they want to be an Operations Analyst while still in
high school, they should start taking calculus and statistics, as well as computer classes and even
some engineering courses. Entry-level positions require that you have at least a bachelor’s degree
in business, math, or engineering, according to INFORMS. But completing an undergraduate
degree in any similar field will be enough to get you into an entry-level position. Also, a good
way to get your foot in the door is to take some internships with someone who works in the area
you are looking to pursue so you can get an idea of the job and a little bit of experience.
After the entry-level positions, most companies require that you have a master’s degree
or even a PhD in the field of study. A lot of schools don’t offer degrees in Operations Research
Analyst; most students get a degree in other fields and then take other programs offered for
analyst and management science.

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As said before, since almost every business needs a professional to analyze their data and
come up with certain software to help with their daily task, jobs for Operations Research
Analysts are always in high demand. “Employment of operations research analysts is projected
to grow about 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is much faster than the average for all other
occupations.” Marquardt, K. (2012).
This is all due to the fact that technology is always changing and advancing and
companies are always seeking the top software as well as the most cost efficient brand. All of
these effects have caused an increase in demand for Operations Analysts and will continue to
make the demand grow each year.
One famous person everyone knows, who was in this line of business, is Bill Gates. He is
the former chief executive officer as well as chairperson of Microsoft. Gates knew that he
wanted to do something in data and computer software when he took interest in them around the
age of 13. “Through technological innovation, keen business strategy and aggressive business
tactics, he and partner Paul Allen built the world’s largest software business, Microsoft.”
William Henry Gates III (2014). While he was in school, a computer company provided
computers and some time for the students. This is where Gates became fascinated with the
computer and all the functions it could do and process.
Gates then created a simple Tic-Tac-Toe game on the computers allowing users to play
against the computer instead of just another user. After that he also developed a program that
would help the school with it’s scheduling and created a payroll for the company that had helped
provided the school the computers. Thereafter, at the age of 15, Gates and Allen earned around
$20,000 when they developed a program called “Traf-O-Data”, which monitored traffic patterns

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in Seattle. This affected how they saw the world and they both decided then, that they wanted to
start their own company.
With his parents pushing him to go to law school, Gates enrolled into the law program at
Harvard but later found himself always attracted to the computer lab instead of going to his
classes. “Gate’s acumen for not only software development but also business operations put him
in the position of leading the Microsoft company and working as its spokes person” William
Henry Gates III (2014).
Another famous person, Dan Grimaldi known for his role as Philly and Patsy on The
Sopranos, has also taken an interest for Operations Research, which is where his career is now.
He is teaching at Kingsborough Community College in the Department of Computer Science and
Mathematics. “He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in operations
research and a PhD in data processing.” Dan Grimaldi (2014)
Every job has their advantages and disadvantages; it’s just a part of life. Some of the
advantages to being an Operations Research Analyst is: its very flexible with its schedule, which
if you have a family is always a plus, since it is such a big field there is always new chances to
move up and get promoted within the company or field, it is also a growing occupation since
technology is forever advancing and changing. If you are detail oriented and can solve problems
this is the job for you.
The disadvantages seem to out weigh the advantages. This job is such a stressful career
since you are always working on a deadline and have the best data research. You also have to be
great at managing your time so you can get all your projects done before you present it. Since an
analyst is so dependent on electronics a lot of things could go wrong with the software or system
they are using causing a delay. Which also causes them to not be as involved with human

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behavior and don’t really use real life situations or situations that aren’t really practical forcing
the analyst to have to start from the beginning of their project. Operations Research Analyst is
the second best business job and the 23rd best job in the United States which in tales a lot of
competition for the demand of the job.
Before my research I thought I would be perfect for this job, because I love finding ways
to fix problems and creating things that could make it easier for others to use. But after a lot of
research, I found that Operations Analyst aren’t that people friendly and they don’t do well with
human behavior which is something I’m all about. I don’t want to make life harder for others, I
want to make it easier and I want to find ways to make it simpler and effective.
It is hard to say if what I read was just one person saying that they aren’t really involved
with human behavior or if its because an Analyst becomes so consumed with their job that their
only focus and priority is getting the job done. Either way I want to find a job where I help the
community and where I’m not so stressed that all I can focus on is my job.

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Works Cited

Experts you should follow. (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from
http://www.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_disadvantages_of_operations_research

Marquardt, K. (2012, February 27). Operations Research Analyst. Retrieved
November 25, 2014, from http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/operationsresearch-analyst

Summary. (2014, January 8). Retrieved November 26, 2014, from
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/operations-research-analysts.htm

William Henry Gates III. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 05:01,
Nov 25, 2014, from http://www.biography.com/people/bill-gates-9307520.

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