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SENIOR ANALYST, IN-DEPTH: Learning A New Terrain

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This senior analyst at CDB describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. With his change in careers, he had to learn a completely new industry. He tells us that this is not as difficult as you might think however - you just have to listen well to the people around you and ask questions.

Degree: Communication and Media Studies
Job Title: Senior Analyst
Employer: CDB

Job Summary: Operations Research Analysts

Job Description

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

On-the-Job Training

None

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
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$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, Travel, Indoor, Military, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Mathematical skills

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m='11310'>team.</span> <span m='13140'>It's</span> <span m='13160'>totally</span> <span m='13500'>different.</span> <span m='13860'>It was</span> <span m='14010'>a</span> <span m='14090'>career</span> <span m='14420'>change.</span> </p><p><span m='16780'>The</span> <span m='16880'>challenges</span> <span m='17440'>are</span> <span m='17680'>learning</span> <span m='18075'>a new</span> <span m='18470'>terrain.</span> <span m='19010'>But</span> <span m='20200'>it's</span> <span m='20370'>really</span> <span m='20990'>not</span> <span m='21500'>too</span> <span m='21630'>difficult.</span> <span m='22110'>You</span> <span m='22330'>just have to</span> <span m='22680'>read</span> <span m='23980'>and</span> <span m='24130'>listen</span> <span m='24380'>to</span> <span m='24470'>what</span> <span m='24630'>people</span> <span m='24910'>are</span> <span m='24990'>saying,</span> <span m='25440'>try to</span> <span m='25910'>keep up.</span> </p><p><span m='26380'>It's</span> <span m='26900'>mainly</span> <span m='27270'>learning</span> <span m='27640'>something</span> <span m='27920'>new</span> <span m='28200'>and learning</span> <span m='28663'>a different</span> <span m='29126'>way of</span> <span m='29589'>thinking</span> <span m='30052'>and</span> <span m='32369'>catching</span> <span m='32770'>up</span> <span m='33160'>on the</span> <span m='33280'>terrain.</span> <span m='34000'>It's</span> <span m='34360'>a</span> <span m='34430'>lot</span> <span m='34720'>of</span> <span m='35000'>understanding.</span> <span m='37395'>My</span> <span m='37690'>company is full</span> <span m='37960'>of a</span> <span m='38230'>bunch</span> <span m='38495'>of</span> <span m='38760'>really</span> <span m='39010'>smart</span> <span m='39350'>people--</span> <span m='40290'>the</span> <span m='40760'>smartest</span> <span m='41070'>people I've</span> <span m='41483'>ever met.</span> <span m='42310'>So</span> <span m='42680'>learning the</span> <span m='43050'>things</span> <span m='43400'>that</span> <span m='43580'>they've</span> <span m='44071'>written</span> <span m='44562'>essentially</span> <span m='45053'>essays</span> <span m='45544'>about</span> <span m='46035'>based on</span> <span m='46526'>massive</span> <span m='47017'>case studies</span> <span m='47508'>and being</span> <span m='47999'>able to</span> <span m='49472'>at least</span> <span m='49963'>understand</span> <span m='50454'>the concepts.</span> <span m='52420'>Mainly,</span> <span m='52610'>it's</span> <span m='52950'>an</span> <span m='53210'>exercise</span> <span m='53570'>in</span> <span m='53930'>listening</span> <span m='54426'>and asking</span> <span m='54922'>questions.</span> </p><p><span m='57402'>What are</span> <span m='57898'>some of the</span> <span m='58394'>things</span> <span m='58890'>[INAUDIBLE]?</span> <span m='62370'>I</span> <span m='62460'>knew</span> <span m='62780'>that</span> <span m='62970'>I</span> <span m='63040'>wanted</span> <span m='63400'>to</span> <span m='63850'>out</span> <span m='64060'>of</span> <span m='64180'>North</span> <span m='64459'>Carolina</span> <span m='64900'>and</span> <span m='65280'>needed</span> <span m='65660'>to</span> <span m='66040'>be in a</span> <span m='66420'>major</span> <span m='66990'>metro</span> <span m='67110'>area.</span> <span m='67470'>And I</span> <span m='67830'>like</span> <span m='68185'>DC.</span> <span m='68540'>So</span> <span m='69765'>I picked</span> <span m='70050'>DC</span> <span m='70415'>and</span> <span m='70780'>then I</span> <span m='70820'>picked</span> <span m='71100'>a</span> <span m='71560'>spot, or</span> <span m='71860'>a</span> <span m='72160'>company,</span> <span m='73872'>to</span> <span m='74730'>try and</span> <span m='74870'>work</span> <span m='75130'>at,</span> <span m='75470'>and then</span> <span m='75810'>figured</span> <span m='76282'>it out</span> <span m='76754'>from there.</span> </p><p><span m='84320'>I</span> <span m='84540'>don't</span> <span m='84700'>know</span> <span m='84880'>how</span> <span m='85010'>difficult</span> <span m='85270'>it</span> <span m='85520'>is</span> <span m='85710'>to get</span> <span m='86060'>a job in</span> <span m='86410'>our industry.</span> <span m='86520'>I know</span> <span m='86670'>at my</span> <span m='87030'>company,</span> <span m='87580'>we're</span> <span m='87800'>small,</span> <span m='88790'>so</span> <span m='89120'>it's</span> <span m='89160'>kind of</span> <span m='89510'>harder</span> <span m='89770'>to</span> <span m='89830'>get</span> <span m='89990'>a</span> <span m='90060'>job</span> <span m='90370'>because</span> <span m='90861'>we're not</span> <span m='91843'>huge.</span> </p><p><span m='94298'>Work-life</span> <span m='94789'>balance</span> <span m='95280'>is</span> <span m='95560'>pretty</span> <span m='95770'>good</span> <span m='96020'>now.</span> <span m='97270'>I would</span> <span m='97760'>say</span> <span m='100700'>I</span> <span m='100810'>work</span> <span 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