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RESEARCHER, IN-DEPTH: Think About Where You Are Going

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This research analyst describes his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He tells us that, while he was considering what it was that he wanted to do in his work life, he took a great deal of time to think about and research what his best path was. He advises that if you don't spend the time to think about where you want to go, you will end up stumbling through life.

School: Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Degree: Journalism - Political Science - Government
Job Title: Researcher
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='14620'>path</span> <span m='15084'>I was</span> <span m='15548'>on.</span> <span m='16012'>And I</span> <span m='16476'>sat</span> <span m='16940'>down,</span> <span m='17404'>and took</span> <span m='18340'>a</span> <span m='18430'>couple</span> <span m='18720'>of</span> <span m='18810'>days,</span> <span m='19300'>really,</span> <span m='19600'>just</span> <span m='19910'>on</span> <span m='20090'>my</span> <span m='20290'>own,</span> <span m='20740'>not</span> <span m='21010'>doing</span> <span m='21250'>anything,</span> <span m='21630'>not</span> <span m='21800'>writing,</span> <span m='22170'>not</span> <span m='22660'>responsible</span> <span m='22980'>to</span> <span m='23180'>anyone,</span> <span m='23615'>to</span> <span m='23880'>really</span> <span m='24170'>think and</span> <span m='24590'>research</span> <span m='25080'>what</span> <span m='25220'>I</span> <span m='25270'>wanted</span> <span m='25690'>to do.</span> </p><p><span m='26660'>Think and</span> <span m='27010'>research</span> <span m='27720'>what the</span> <span m='28137'>best path</span> <span m='28554'>for that</span> <span m='28971'>was.</span> <span m='29790'>If</span> <span m='30120'>you</span> <span m='30200'>don't</span> <span m='30450'>spend</span> <span m='30820'>the time to</span> <span m='31200'>think</span> <span m='31360'>about</span> <span m='31580'>where</span> <span m='31690'>you're</span> <span m='31930'>going,</span> <span m='32300'>you're</span> <span m='32670'>just going</span> <span m='33144'>to end up</span> <span m='33618'>stumbling</span> <span m='34092'>through life.</span> <span m='36300'>It</span> <span m='36440'>is</span> <span m='36570'>very</span> <span m='36770'>difficult</span> <span m='37110'>to get</span> <span m='37280'>a job</span> <span m='37510'>in my</span> <span m='37850'>industry.</span> <span m='39450'>Besides</span> <span m='39880'>the</span> <span m='40350'>technical skills</span> <span m='40820'>you actually</span> <span m='41290'>do need,</span> <span m='42700'>which,</span> <span m='43170'>again,</span> <span m='43330'>if</span> <span m='43635'>you</span> <span m='44220'>work</span> <span m='44610'>in an</span> <span m='44710'>industry</span> <span m='45160'>that requires</span> <span m='45350'>technical</span> <span m='45430'>skills,</span> <span m='46766'>you should</span> <span m='47130'>probably</span> <span m='47580'>work</span> <span m='47910'>to develop</span> <span m='48367'>those technical</span> <span m='48824'>skills.</span> </p><p><span m='51110'>But</span> <span m='51500'>the</span> <span m='52100'>government's</span> <span m='52460'>in</span> <span m='52540'>flux</span> <span m='52840'>right</span> <span m='53050'>now.</span> <span m='53290'>There's</span> <span m='53490'>a</span> <span m='53520'>lot</span> <span m='53650'>of</span> <span m='53750'>differing</span> <span m='54360'>political</span> <span m='54650'>theories</span> <span m='55700'>about</span> <span m='55920'>what's</span> <span m='56140'>important and</span> <span m='56560'>what's</span> <span m='56790'>not,</span> <span m='57140'>and</span> <span m='57510'>how</span> <span m='57610'>much</span> <span m='57890'>the government</span> <span m='58430'>should</span> <span m='59180'>have a</span> <span m='59300'>footprint</span> <span m='59440'>in</span> <span m='59790'>people's</span> <span m='60180'>lives,</span> <span m='60550'>and how</span> <span m='60750'>much it</span> <span m='61010'>shouldn't.</span> <span m='61610'>So,</span> <span m='62290'>everything</span> <span m='62720'>is</span> <span m='62830'>always</span> <span m='63080'>in</span> <span m='63160'>flux,</span> <span m='63500'>especially</span> <span m='63970'>if you're</span> <span m='64099'>in</span> <span m='64489'>civil</span> <span m='64700'>service.</span> <span m='65320'>My</span> <span m='65730'>work life</span> <span m='65970'>balance.</span> </p><p><span m='68650'>I</span> <span m='69370'>enjoy</span> <span m='69830'>that as an</span> <span m='70260'>analyst,</span> <span m='70720'>I</span> <span m='70890'>have</span> <span m='71120'>an enormous</span> <span m='71405'>amount</span> <span m='71690'>of</span> <span m='71860'>freedom</span> <span m='72165'>to do</span> <span m='72470'>what</span> <span m='73460'>I</span> <span m='73590'>need</span> <span m='73730'>to</span> <span m='73840'>do</span> <span m='74260'>to finish</span> <span m='74650'>my job,</span> <span m='75955'>and</span> <span m='76230'>what</span> <span m='76520'>I</span> <span m='77100'>need</span> <span m='77280'>to</span> <span m='77350'>do</span> <span m='77940'>to</span> <span m='79860'>succeed</span> <span m='80340'>on the job.</span> <span m='80710'>And so</span> <span m='80870'>long</span> <span m='81220'>as</span> <span m='81370'>I</span> <span m='82130'>do</span> <span m='82280'>my</span> <span m='82420'>work,</span> <span m='83070'>I'm</span> <span m='83160'>allowed</span> <span m='83580'>a lot</span> <span m='83890'>of</span> <span m='83950'>personal</span> <span m='84390'>freedom,</span> <span m='84790'>which</span> <span m='84950'>I</span> <span m='85520'>greatly</span> <span m='85940'>enjoy.</span> <span m='86775'>I</span> <span m='87110'>also</span> <span m='87190'>do</span> <span m='87340'>a</span> <span m='87360'>lot</span> <span m='87510'>of</span> <span m='87650'>freelance</span> <span m='88000'>writing</span> <span m='88290'>on</span> <span m='88380'>the</span> <span m='88450'>side.</span> <span m='90470'>So</span> <span m='90640'>I</span> <span m='90730'>find</span> <span m='91010'>that</span> <span m='91130'>work</span> <span m='91620'>and</span> <span m='93370'>what</span> <span m='93640'>I</span> <span m='93710'>do</span> <span m='93990'>in my</span> <span m='94140'>private</span> <span m='94440'>life</span> <span m='94740'>kind of</span> <span m='95040'>tend</span> <span m='95640'>to</span> <span m='95940'>mix</span> <span m='96540'>a great</span> <span m='96840'>deal.</span> 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