A career in Operations Research

Essay by malamathurUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, April 2004

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The concept of interdisciplinary studies and careers has suddenly sprung up into being in

almost every sector, quintessentially in software and telecommunications. The industries

and markets worldwide now seek global qualification in individuals equipped with a

synergetic combination of entrepreneurial and technical skills. They are expected to be

able to accurately assess the impact of a new concept, right from its technical feasibility

to its influence on the market protocol. They must have the ability to anticipate potential

factors that lead to profit maximizations of their organizations. This article serves to

introduce one of the novel careers blooming in technical entrepreneurship- that of an

Operations Research Manager.

An Introduction:

Operations research and management science are terms that are used interchangeably to

describe the discipline of applying advanced analytical techniques to help make better

decisions and to solve problems. The procedures of operations research gave effective

assistance during World War II in missions such as deploying radar, searching for enemy

submarines, and getting supplies where they were most needed.

Following the war, new

analytical methods were developed and numerous peacetime applications emerged,

leading to the use of operations research in many industries and occupations.

The prevalence of operations research in the Nation's economy reflects the growing

complexity of managing large organizations that require the effective use of money,

materials, equipment, and people. Operations research analysts help determine better

ways to coordinate these elements by applying analytical methods from mathematics,

science, and engineering. They solve problems in different ways and propose alternative

solutions to management, which then chooses the course of action that best meets the

organization's goals. In general, operations research analysts may be concerned with

diverse issues such as top-level strategy, planning, forecasting, resource allocation,

performance measurement, scheduling, design of production facilities and systems,

supply chain...