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An operational researcher applies advanced analytical methods to help organisations make better decisions. They develop and aid management strategies with their analytical methods. The may be required to collect and analyse data, develop mathematical models on computers and consult and liaise with clients. They will then need to identify solutions and present these to clients.
Operational researchers may be employed by the government, the financial services, the NHS, manufacturing, retail, oil and transport industries.
Work is generally office based but visits to client sites is frequently required.