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Operational researcher Average UK Salary & Prospects

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 solve a variety
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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
    34,169 GBP *
    per year
    20,000 GBP
    80,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Operational researcher

    Men make 8% more than Women
    71% of Operational researchers are men
    • 34,977 GBP
    • 32,024 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Operational researcher
    Average salary for full-time Operational researcher

    • 17,668 GBP
    • 17,410 GBP
    • 34,169 GBP
    • 32,024 GBP
    • 34,977 GBP
    Pay over time for Operational researcher

    Pay 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

    Future outlook for Operational researchers

    Balanced outlook
    121 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    2% 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.
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    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.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Operational researcher

    Organisational Development

    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Operational researcher.
    Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems
    Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Operational researcher. Check that you know:
    Analytical or scientific software IBM SPSS Statistics
    Data base user interface and query software Data entry software
    Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    Object or component oriented development software C++
    Operating system software Linux
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    Organisational Development

    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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