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RESEARCH ANALYST, IN-DEPTH: Time Management - A Skill You Should Develop Early On

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James, a research analyst, describes the challenges of his job, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. James gives this advice - make sure you find a job that you enjoy day to day because when you are passionate about your work, it won't seem like work anymore.

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='21925'>and</span> <span m='22845'>you</span> <span m='23150'>have</span> <span m='23270'>to</span> <span m='23480'>be kind of</span> <span m='23620'>flexible</span> <span m='26120'>with</span> <span m='26220'>your</span> <span m='26320'>time</span> <span m='26720'>and as</span> <span m='26860'>far as</span> <span m='27100'>managing</span> <span m='27530'>your</span> <span m='27640'>time.</span> <span m='28020'>And that</span> <span m='28150'>was</span> <span m='28360'>one</span> <span m='28560'>thing</span> <span m='28750'>that</span> <span m='29300'>I</span> <span m='29550'>was good</span> <span m='29850'>with</span> <span m='30170'>in</span> <span m='30300'>college</span> <span m='30580'>as</span> <span m='30860'>far as</span> <span m='31130'>time</span> <span m='31390'>management,</span> <span m='32090'>and</span> <span m='32360'>I</span> <span m='32470'>think it</span> <span m='32689'>actually</span> <span m='32939'>helped.</span> <span m='34280'>It</span> <span m='34710'>actually</span> <span m='35120'>helps</span> <span m='35330'>me</span> <span m='35480'>today,</span> <span m='36320'>even</span> <span m='36540'>though</span> <span m='36680'>sometimes</span> <span m='36950'>it</span> <span m='37090'>can</span> <span m='37320'>still</span> <span m='37740'>be difficult</span> <span m='38217'>and strenuous.</span> </p><p><span m='39171'>And some</span> <span m='39648'>key decisions</span> <span m='40125'>that made me</span> <span m='40602'>choose</span> <span m='42040'>the</span> <span m='42430'>direction</span> <span m='42820'>that I</span> <span m='43110'>wanted</span> <span m='43340'>my</span> <span m='43410'>career</span> <span m='43660'>to</span> <span m='43890'>go</span> <span m='44090'>in</span> <span m='44190'>today?</span> <span m='46584'>Actually</span> <span m='47060'>just finding</span> <span m='47536'>a passion,</span> <span m='48488'>something</span> <span m='48970'>that</span> <span m='49260'>you're</span> <span 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