Operations Research Analyst

Operations Research Analyst
Aviation Operations
Aviation operations research analysts use advanced methods of analysis to help aviation organizations solve problems and make better decisions. They also advise managers and other decision makers on the appropriate course of action to solve a problem.

About the Career

Aviation operations research analysts are involved in all aspects of an aviation organization or airport. For example, they help allocate resources, develop production schedules, manage the supply chain, and set prices.

On the job you will:

  • Identify and define business problems, such as those in production, logistics, or sales of aviation related goods
  • Collect and organize aviation or airport specific information from a variety of sources, such as computer databases
  • Gather input from workers involved in all aspects of a problem or from others who have specialized knowledge that can help solve the problem
  • Examine aviation data and information to figure out what is relevant to the problem and what methods should be used to analyze it
  • Use statistical analysis, simulation, and optimization (minimizing or maximizing a function based on a set of variables) to analyze aviation data and information to develop practical solutions
  • Based on findings, advise managers and other aviation organization decision makers on the appropriate courses of action
  • Write memos, reports, and other documents outlining findings and recommendations for managers, executives, and other officials


Average Salary: $78,080
Salary Range: $42,970 - $128,880
Education: 4 Year Degree
Outlook: Excellent (21% or more growth)
Total Jobs (2024)11,570

Education and Training

Most employers prefer to hire applicants with a master’s degree, but many entry-level positions are available for those with a bachelor’s degree. Many schools offer bachelor’s and advanced degree programs in operations research, management science, or a related field. Many operations research analysts have degrees in other technical fields, such as engineering, computer science, mathematics, and physics.

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.

Critical Skills