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RESEARCH ANALYST: Make The Effort To Figure Out Your Passion

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James, a research analyst for the Department of Homeland Security, became interested in his job because it is one where your work affects the country and makes a difference. Not having discovered exactly what he was passionate about until he went to graduate school, James says that he wishes he would have made the effort to figure it out at a younger age.

Degree: Communication and Media Studies
Job Title: Research Analyst
Employer: United States, Department of Homeland Security

Job Summary: Operations Research Analysts

Job Description

Operations research analysts use advanced methods of analysis to help organizations solve problems and make better decisions.

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Additional Info

Many operations research analysts who work with the military are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$40,000 - $125,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Home, Travel, Indoor, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Mathematical skills, People skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented

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m='32210'>entry</span> <span m='32509'>and</span> <span m='32610'>exit</span> <span m='32960'>processes</span> <span m='33250'>as</span> <span m='33540'>far</span> <span m='33750'>as</span> <span m='33900'>foreigners</span> <span m='34630'>and</span> <span m='34760'>immigrants</span> <span m='35240'>that are</span> <span m='35560'>entering</span> <span m='35760'>the country.</span> </p><p><span m='37470'>And I</span> <span m='37780'>actually</span> <span m='38180'>went to</span> <span m='38450'>Bowie</span> <span m='38680'>State</span> <span m='38830'>University</span> <span m='39175'>for</span> <span m='39520'>communications</span> <span m='41182'>and a</span> <span m='41584'>masters</span> <span m='41986'>in</span> <span m='42388'>organizational</span> <span m='42790'>communications.</span> <span m='44375'>In</span> <span m='44650'>undergrad,</span> <span m='45020'>I</span> <span m='45470'>wasn't</span> <span m='45760'>quite</span> <span m='45990'>sure</span> <span m='46220'>what</span> <span m='46390'>I</span> <span m='46440'>wanted</span> <span m='46720'>to</span> <span m='46810'>do,</span> <span m='48190'>and I kind of</span> <span m='48460'>figured</span> <span m='48620'>it</span> <span m='48830'>out</span> <span m='49070'>more so</span> <span m='49566'>in grad</span> <span m='50062'>school,</span> <span m='50558'>which is why</span> <span m='51054'>I leaned</span> <span m='51550'>towards</span> <span m='52005'>organizational</span> <span m='52460'>communication.</span> <span m='53900'>And</span> <span m='54760'>one</span> <span m='55370'>of</span> <span m='55450'>the</span> <span m='56210'>areas</span> <span m='56540'>that</span> <span m='56670'>I</span> <span m='56720'>want to</span> <span m='56950'>improve</span> <span m='57400'>in,</span> <span m='57900'>as far</span> <span m='58400'>as</span> <span m='65204'>increasing</span> <span m='65682'>my</span> <span m='66160'>productivity</span> <span m='66490'>as</span> <span m='66820'>far</span> <span m='66920'>as my job,</span> <span m='67770'>is</span> <span m='68620'>taking different</span> <span m='69020'>courses</span> <span m='69270'>as far</span> <span m='69633'>as</span> <span m='70360'>project</span> <span m='70770'>management</span> <span m='71890'>and</span> <span m='72320'>things</span> <span m='72530'>of that</span> <span m='72800'>nature.</span> </p><p><span m='74236'>I would</span> <span m='74600'>tell</span> <span m='74840'>the</span> <span m='74940'>younger</span> <span m='75230'>version of</span> <span m='75650'>myself,</span> <span m='76910'>try to</span> <span m='77330'>find</span> <span m='77700'>your</span> <span m='77950'>passion</span> <span m='78330'>at</span> <span m='78590'>an</span> <span m='79020'>earlier</span> <span m='79570'>age,</span> <span m='79925'>I</span> <span m='80280'>would say.</span> <span m='81242'>Some people,</span> <span m='82204'>it comes to them</span> <span m='83647'>naturally</span> <span m='84128'>or</span> <span m='84609'>inherently.</span> <span m='85090'>Some people</span> <span m='85571'>really</span> <span m='86052'>have to work for it</span> <span m='86533'>and</span> <span m='87014'>strive</span> <span m='87495'>and find</span> <span m='87976'>what they actually</span> <span m='88457'>want to</span> <span m='88938'>do.</span> <span m='91060'>I</span> <span m='91140'>would</span> <span m='91330'>say,</span> <span m='91890'>be</span> <span m='92220'>a little more</span> <span m='92670'>focused than</span> <span m='92930'>when</span> <span m='93170'>I</span> <span m='93280'>was</span> <span m='93330'>younger.</span> <span m='95430'>I was</span> <span m='95730'>focused--</span> <span m='96030'>I finished</span> <span m='96330'>school and everything,</span> <span m='96630'>but</span> <span m='97230'>I</span> <span m='97530'>just wish</span> <span m='97830'>that</span> <span m='98130'>I would have</span> <span m='98430'>put</span> <span m='98730'>forth</span> <span 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