U.S. News & World Report announced the best jobs in 2017 in various categories. The news ranking look at 15 different categories, ranging from best jobs to specific sectors like business and healthcare. The rankings are calculated based on the "most important aspects of a job, including growth potential, work-life balance and salary." The specific components measured were: "10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance."
Within the various different categories, operations research analyst ranked 5th in best business jobs and 10th in best STEM jobs. Overall, ranked 33 in the 100 best jobs in the U.S. with a score of 6.9. The median annual salary for operations research analyst was $78,680 in 2015 and the highest-paid earned more than $132,500, while the lowest-paid made less than $43,520. Our neighbors, San Jose, California is one of the higest-paying metropolitan areas, with Springfield, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. The highest paid analysts work for the federal government. While current job market, future growth, work life balance, and salary scored very high, sress scored very low because of the intense stress related to the work environment and job responsibilities.
Operations research analysts have a bright future in the STEM field, business field, and overall in the profession.