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Operations Research Analysts - 15-2031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Analytical Strategist
  • Business Analytics Director
  • Business Insight and Analytics Manager
  • Decision Analyst
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Operations Research Group Manager
  • Operations Research Manager
  • Scientist

SOC Occupation Groups

15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-2000 Mathematical Science Occupations
15-2030 Operations Research Analysts
15-2031.00 Operations Research Analysts

Related Occupations


  • Analyze information obtained from management to conceptualize and define operational problems.
  • Break systems into their component parts, assign numerical values to each component, and examine the mathematical relationships between them.
  • Collaborate with others in the organization to ensure successful implementation of chosen problem solutions.
  • Collaborate with senior managers and decision makers to identify and solve a variety of problems and to clarify management objectives.
  • Define data requirements and gather and validate information, applying judgment and statistical tests.
  • Design, conduct, and evaluate experimental operational models in cases where models cannot be developed from existing data.
  • Develop and apply time and cost networks to plan, control, and review large projects.
  • Develop business methods and procedures, including accounting systems, file systems, office systems, logistics systems, and production schedules.
  • Formulate mathematical or simulation models of problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.
  • Observe the current system in operation and gather and analyze information about each of the parts of component problems, using a variety of sources.
  • Perform validation and testing of models to ensure adequacy and reformulate models as necessary.
  • Prepare management reports defining and evaluating problems and recommending solutions.
  • Specify manipulative or computational methods to be applied to models.
  • Study and analyze information about alternative courses of action to determine which plan will offer the best outcomes.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems.
  • Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables.
  • Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements.
  • Apply information technology to solve business or other applied problems.
  • Apply mathematical principles or statistical approaches to solve problems in scientific or applied fields.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
  • Conduct research to gain information about products or processes.
  • Design computer modeling or simulation programs.
  • Determine appropriate methods for data analysis.
  • Develop detailed project plans.
  • Develop scientific or mathematical models.
  • Document operational activities.
  • Evaluate data quality.
  • Manage budgets for appropriate resource allocation.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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  • Counter Intelligence Agent (Army - Enlisted)
  • Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence (CI/HUMINT) Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Linguist (Army - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Information Systems Technician (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Information Warfare Technician (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Intelligence (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Operations Technician, Surface (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
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  • Field Artillery (FA) Firefinder Radar Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Operations Man (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Geographic Intelligence Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Human Intelligence Collector (Army - Enlisted)
  • Imagery Analysis Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Chief Intelligence Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Information Systems (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Information Warfare (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Intelligence (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Meteorology/Oceanography (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Operations, Surface (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
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  • Navigation Administrator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navigation and Plotting Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Operational Intelligence Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Operations Analyst (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Operations Analyst (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Operations Research Specialist (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Operations Research, Combat Operations/Weapon Systems (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Operations Research, Planning, Programming and Resource Management (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Operations Research/Systems Analysis (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Quartermaster (Navy - Enlisted)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer (Oceanography) (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Information Warfare Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Intelligence Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer Billet - Information Professional Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Signals Collector/Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Special Communication Signals Collection Operator/Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Trained Operations Research/System Analysis (ORSA) (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Untrained Operations Research/System Analysis (ORSA) (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Operations-Research Analyst