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Operational Researcher

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Operational researchers use mathematics, statistics and scientific methods to help develop better systems and procedures in industry, commerce and public services. They try to give managers a scientific basis on which to make their decisions. They are sometimes called management scientists.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified operational researchers in the UK tend to be in the range £20,000 to £32,000 a year. Starting salary can be higher if you hold a postgraduate degree. Experienced researchers can earn from £40,000 to £80,000 or more a year.

A government operational researcher on the Civil Service Fast Stream programme starts on £27,000 a year. This rises to between £45,000 and £55,000 a year with experience and promotion.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You could work in almost any type of organisation: commercial and industrial firms, retail companies, health services, defence and telecommunications companies, electricity, gas and water companies, transport, local and central government and educational institutions.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
2785
2.2 %
RISE
2024
2845
  United Kingdom
2019
41049
2.4 %
RISE
2024
42037

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What Does it Take?

You need to be able to:

You must be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Government Operational Research Service (GORS), part of the Civil Service employs around 500 specialists who work on a range of projects across over 25 Government Departments and agencies. If you have a first or upper second class Honours degree in a numerate degree or a lower second class degree plus a numerate postgraduate degree you can apply for the GORS Fast Stream. Visit their website for details on recruitment dates.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Civil Service Fast Stream
Website: https://www.faststream.gov.uk
Twitter: @faststreamuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faststream

Operational Research Society
Tel: 0121 233 9300
Website: http://www.theorsociety.com/
Twitter: @TheORSociety
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheORSociety

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