Operations research analysts

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2019 Workforce
163k
Average Age
42.9
Estimated Job Growth
24.9%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$87,166
Average Male Salary
$94,485
Average Female Salary
$79,427

About

Operations research analysts are most often employed by the National security & international affairs industry. The average yearly wage for Operations research analysts was $87,166 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Operations research analysts by wage are Detectives & criminal investigators, Database administrators and architects, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Operations research analysts are Alexandria City PUMA, VA, Springfield (South), West Springfield & Franconia PUMA, VA, and Severn, Odenton, Crofton, Maryland City & Fort Meade PUMA, MD. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Operations research analysts are Springfield (South), West Springfield & Franconia PUMA, VA, Alexandria City PUMA, VA, and District of Columbia (West) PUMA, DC.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Operations research analysts and on wages and locations for those in the field. National security & international affairs is the industry that employs the most Operations research analysts, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Operations research analysts, by average wage, is Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals. Operations research analysts are paid most in Frisco City (East) & Prosper Town PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in Springfield (South), West Springfield & Franconia PUMA, VA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$87,166
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,213

In 2019, Operations research analysts earned an average of $87,166, $31,642 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Cardiovascular technologists and technicians make somewhat more than Operations research analysts while Detectives & criminal investigators make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Operations research analysts as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.259
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Operations research analysts had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.259, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Operations research analysts (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Operations research analysts.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

163k
2019 Workforce
± 9,906
6.37%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 8.21%

The number of people employed as Operations research analysts has been growing at a rate of 6.37%, from 153,223 people in 2018 to 162,987 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Operations research analysts employed by various industries. National security & international affairs employs the largest share of Operations research analysts at  16.5%, followed by Justice, public order, & safety activities  with 8.61% and Executive offices & legislative bodies with 8.57%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Operations research analysts in the US. The average age of male Operations research analysts in the workforce is 43.7 and of female Operations research analysts is 42.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Operations research analysts is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

83.8k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 7,104
79.2k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,909

51.4% of Operations research analysts are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Operations research analysts.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Operations research analysts
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

64.4% of Operations research analysts are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.6% of Operations research analysts, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Operations research analysts.

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Age by Gender

43.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.06
42.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.06

The median age of Operations research analysts is 42.9, and Male employees are generally 1.63 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Operations research analysts from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Operations research analysts is Business but a relatively high number of Operations research analysts hold a major in Cultural & Gender Studies.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Operations research analysts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Operations research analysts need many skills, but most especially Mathematics, Critical Thinking, and Complex Problem Solving. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Operations research analysts need more than the average amount of Science, Operations Analysis, and Programming.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Operations Research Analysts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Operations Research Analysts are expected to see a growth of 24.9% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

24.9%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Operations Research Analysts. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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