Your Next Move: Operations Analyst

If you enjoy collecting data and using statistical methods to guide decision making, operations analyst could be your next move.

YNM Operations AnalystThis article is part of an IT Career News series called Your Next Move. These articles take an inside look at the roles related to CompTIA certifications. Each article will include the responsibilities, qualifications, related job titles and salary range for the role. As you consider the next move in your IT career, check back with CompTIA to learn more about your job prospects and how to get there.

There are always problems to be solved and analyzed; that’s why organizations need analysts who can help managers make decisions based on statistical findings. Analysts are the decision-makers and the ones who can always find a solution. Whether you’re currently in an analyst position or simply interested in analysis and problem-solving, a role in data analytics could be the right fit for you. If you enjoy working with data collection and using statistical methods to help guide decision making, operations analyst could be your next move.

What Is an Operations Analyst?

Operations analysts research and identify problems to be solved or improvements to make in the following ways:

  • Recognize and solve problems in business, logistics, healthcare or other fields
  • Explain their findings and recommendations by writing memos, reports and other documents for managers, executives and other officials
  • Gather and organize information from a variety of sources, like computer databases or customer feedback
  • Use statistical analysis, simulations, predictive modeling or other methods to analyze information and develop practical solutions
  • Help advise managers and other decision-makers on the effects of various courses of action to take to address certain problems.

Operations analysts work in many different functions of an organization. For instance, they help guide decisions around how to administer resources, create production schedules, manage supply chains and set prices. They may work in financial services and insurance, scientific and technical services, manufacturing or the federal government.

By using sophisticated computer software and advanced mathematical and analytical methods, operations analysts can help their organizations solve present and future problems and make better decisions on overall operations.

How to Become an Operations Analyst

Many companies hiring an operations analyst typically look for someone with a bachelor’s degree in business, social science or engineering.

While required credentials vary, some organizations prefer to hire someone with a master’s degree. With operations being based on quantitative analysis, candidates will need extensive coursework in mathematics and computer science.

Certifications such as CompTIA Data+ include many of the skills needed by operations analysts. It covers the knowledge and skills required to transform business requirements in support of data-driven decisions and provides the confidence in bringing data analysis to life.

CompTIA Data+ focuses on the following skills: 

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In addition to certifications, CompTIA offers a full suite of training products to help you learn the technical and professional skills needed to become an operations analyst. Data analytics training, including the following, will also be available later this month.

Check out the CompTIA Career Roadmap to see what other certifications can help you land a position as an operations analyst.

The Details

Operations Analyst Salary Range

The median annual salary for an operations analyst is $82,360 as of May 2021 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)).

Operations Analyst Job Outlook

From 2021 to 2031, the BLS projects an increase in growth of 23% for operations analysts, with 24,200 net new jobs expected during that 10-year period.

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