How to become an operational researcher
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You'll usually need a degree in operational research, maths or other relevant subject, for example:
- management 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
- 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.