Imagine it’s your job to put together this season’s schedule for your favorite Major League Baseball team. Before you decide that’s an easy job, consider these rules: Your team has to play 81 games at home and 81 games on the road. It has to play each of the teams in its division 19 times. And don’t forget travel -- you can’t have your team flying from the East Coast to the West Coast every other day.
Complex problems like this come up all the time. Operations research analysts find ways to solve them. Their work is used by managers in all sorts of industries, whether the goal is to schedule airline pilots to prevent dangerous fatigue or time traffic lights to prevent congestion.
Operations research analysts use math and computers to develop software and other tools that managers use to make decisions.
Many operations research analysts work on projects for the U.S. Department of Defense.
A math fan who loves solving real-world problems. If you find beauty in efficiency and processes that run smoothly, then you’ll enjoy making things work better through operations research analysis.
A great place to find out more about operations research is the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.