Operational researcher apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university course
You'll usually need a degree in operational research, maths or other relevant subject, for example statistics, computing, economics, management or science. Some employers may prefer you to have a postgraduate qualification in operational research or management science.
You'll usually need 2 or 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, including maths. You'll need a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study.
You could do an operational research specialist higher apprenticeship.
This apprenticeship typically takes 24 months to complete.
Most trainee operational researchers are graduates with strong maths and analytical skills.
Most people following this route have:
a degree in a relevant subject for a degree apprenticeship.
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 or change management.
Professional and industry bodies
Joining a professional body like The Operational Research Society may improve your career prospects.
Operational researcher apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- maths skills
- business management skills
- analytical thinking skills
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to use your initiative
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Operational researcher apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day tasks you may:
- observe staff and managers, and interview them about their jobs
- collect and analyse data, using mathematical and statistical methods
- apply business theories
- identify areas for improvement and recommend changes
- advise managers on making changes
- check to see how changes are working
- set up and test solutions to problems, using statistical and computer forecasting
- present findings to an organisation
You could work in an office or from home.
Career path and progression - Operational researcher apprenticeships
With experience you could become a project or team leader, then manager of an operational research department.
You could also become self-employed as a management consultant.