Operational researcher | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Operational researchers analyse how organisations can improve the way they work.

  • Formulate mathematical or simulation models of problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.  
  • Perform validation and testing of models to ensure adequacy and reformulate models as necessary.  
  • Collaborate with senior managers and decision makers to identify and
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Operational researchers typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Operational researcher you will typically work between 8am and 6pm.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
34,471 GBP *
per year
20,000 GBP
80,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)
Average salary for Operational researcher

  • 34,974 GBP
  • 32,948 GBP
Average salary for part-time Operational researcher
Average salary for full-time Operational researcher

  • 17,744 GBP
  • 16,644 GBP
  • 34,471 GBP
  • 32,948 GBP
  • 34,974 GBP
Salary over time for Operational researcher

Salary for this role has increased over time
  • 31,564 GBP
  • 32,256 GBP
  • 32,566 GBP
  • 32,754 GBP
  • 34,177 GBP
  • 34,169 GBP
  • 34,471 GBP
  • 33,682 GBP
  • 33,235 GBP

Future outlook for Operational researchers

Balanced outlook
121 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
1% yearly wage growth (on average)
Very good outlook
37% chance of automation in the future

Operational researcher - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Operational researcher and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

Find out which qualifications or skills you need to become an Operational researcher

You may be able to get into operational research if you've got related experience from industry, for example in research and development or project management.

You'll need:

  • business management skills
  • maths skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

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Things to highlight for your Operational researcher interview

Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Innovation Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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