What do they do?

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.

  • Define data requirements and gather and validate information, applying judgment and statistical tests and/or actuarial research techniques.
  • Collaborate with senior managers and decision-makers to identify and solve a variety of problems and to clarify management objectives.
  • Perform validation and testing of models to ensure adequacy and reformulate models as necessary.
  • Prepare management reports defining and evaluating problems and recommending solutions.

Basic Skills
Reading Comprehension
Critical Thinking

Technical Skills
Operation Analysis

Social Skills
Social Perceptiveness

Systems Skills
Judgment and Decision Making
Systems Analysis
System Evaluation

Problem Solving Skills
Complex Problem Solving

Resource Management Skills
Time Management
Management of Personnel Resources
Management of Financial Resources

  • Salary range: $30,000-$75,000+
  • Education and Professional Requirements: Entry — Bachelor’s degree; Senior-level — Post-graduate degree, multiple years related work experience; Managerial — Post-graduate degree, many years related work experience
  • Possible career path: Research and Development Analyst > Senior Research and Development Analyst > Director, Research and Development

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