To work as an operations research analyst, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- have a bachelor's degree.
Education after high school
Most operations research analysts have at least a bachelor's degree. Several fields of study provide good preparation for this occupation. These include computer science, economics, math, and statistics. Common areas of study are operations research, business administration, computer and information science, math, and engineering. A master's degree in computer science or operations research is an excellent way to prepare for this occupation.
Regardless of major, you should take courses in computer science and programming. This is because you use computers to run the complex models done in operations research.
New graduates work under the guidance of experienced operations research analysts. In large companies, you may also receive formal classroom training. You work on more difficult tasks and get more independence in your work as you gain knowledge and experience. The length of training varies by employer. In general, you may receive up to several years of additional training, although less time is more common.
Some branches of the military train people to be management analysts and planners. This occupation is related to operations research. You need a bachelor's degree to enter this military occupation. Training lasts from six to ten weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.