Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Operations Research Analyst

Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Operations Research Analyst

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All organizations have complex problems to solve and areas of business they want to improve, and for that they often hire operations research analysts. Depending on the company's mission, an operations research analyst might be in charge of coordinating where teams are scheduled to play during the NBA's upcoming season, identifying ways a car company can improve its manufacturing times to lower the cost of a vehicle, or scheduling airline pilots to prevent fatigue while still maintaining profits.

An operations research analyst helps organizations make better decisions and solve problems. There are jobs available in numerous fields including healthcare, business, sports, and logistics. Regardless of the field in which an operations research analyst works, there is a process she follows to do her job well. First, an analyst identifies and researches the problem or process to be improved. This research includes things like collecting and analyzing data from various sources, such as sales histories, inventory, or trials; it may also include interviewing the clients, managers, and workers involved in the process being examined. Then the analyst uses advanced math to analyze the information and explore possible solutions. The best of these ideas are shared with managers and other decision makers in the company so they can address the problem with an informed decision. …

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