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operations research

mathematical or scientific analysis of a process.
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Median annual earnings for operations research analysts were about $32,000 a year in 1985; the middle 50 percent earned between $25,700 and $41,400 annually.
In the Federal Government, the starting annual salary for operations research analysts was about $14,400 in 1986.
Operations research analysts also need programming experience in the scientific computer languages--Pascal and Fortran --and the ability to think logically, communicate clearly, and work well with people.
After a few years of experience, operations research analysts may be promoted to senior analysts.
Operations research analysts held an estimated 36,000 jobs in 1986.
Employment of operations research analysts is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2000 due to the increasing importance of quantitative analysis in decisionmaking.
Motel chains, for example, are beginning to employ operations research analysts to analyze automobile traffic patterns and customer attitudes to determine location, size, and style of new motels.
In addition, increasing factory automation will require more operations research analysts to alter existing moedels or develop new ones for production layout, work schedules, and inventory control.
Little change is expected in the number of operations research analysts working for the Federal Government due to spending constraints imposed by Congress as part of an effort to balance the Federal budget.
Operations research analysts apply mathematical principles to industrial problems.

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