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A Good List to be On

Sandy Holt of Systems Analysis and Planning, Inc. (and one of my contacts on LinkedIn) wrote to let me know that “operations research analyst” was one of the careers on MSN’s list of “Ten Jobs that pay more than $30/hour”, albeit on the list at number 10 with a median salary of $31.08/hour ($64,650/year). The description of OR analyst isn’t bad:

Operations research analysts are brought into businesses and organizations to identify, investigate and solve logistics problems through the use of statistical analysis and computer programs. The type of problems can vary depending on the nature of the business, whether it’s a production factory or the military.

I find “logistics problems” and the misleading phrase “computer programs” a bit problematical, but it is not the worse description I have seen.

Feb 10:  Did I really not include a pointer to the article?  It is here.

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  1. Colm | February 10, 2008 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    How do you describe the role of “Operations Research Analyst” Mike?

  2. Michael Trick | February 10, 2008 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Hmmmm… starting with the given, how about

    Operations Research analysts use statistical and mathematical models to identify, investigate and solve problems in business and organizations.

    That has the disadvantage of using “models”, which is perhaps jargon (based on the searches that get to my pages, “models” may have a more prosaic meaning).

    Operations Research analysts identify, investigate and solve problems in business and organizations by using statistical and mathematical methods.

    Might be a little too broad, but perhaps is better.

    How about (taking from the Science of Better):

    Operations Research analysts apply advanced analytical [or mathematical?] methods to help businesses and organizations make better decisions.

    I like the “better decisions” aspect.

    I’ll note (as pointed out by a reader in a private email) that almost all the jobs on the list could have someone trained in OR doing them (management analysts most obviously).

  3. Ryan Fredds | March 8, 2008 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I wish i could go back in time and start a new education and possible career.

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