Decision Technologists

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Decision Technologists

Decision Technologists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, operations research analysts:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They work with managers and consult with people inside and outside of the organization.
  • Communicate by e-mail, telephone, and in person on a daily basis. They also write letters and memos, but less frequently.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
  • May work as part of a team of analysts.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work indoors.
  • May share an office with others.

Work Performance

  • Must be highly accurate in performing the job and be sure that everything is done. Errors could result in serious financial losses for companies.
  • Make decisions on a monthly basis that impact their company and their coworkers. They usually decide a course of action without talking to a supervisor first.
  • Set nearly all their daily tasks and goals without consulting a supervisor first.
  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere where monthly deadlines must be met.


  • Generally work regular hours.
  • Often are under pressure to meet deadlines and work more than a 40-hour week.
  • Work a set schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.