CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Operations/Systems Analysts and Researchers, Except Computer

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Administration
Benchmark Title: Operations/Systems Analysts and Researchers, Except Computer
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation. Formulate mathematical or simulation models of problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.
 
Collaborate with others in the organization to ensure successful implementation of chosen problem solutions.
 
Analyze information obtained from management to conceptualize and define operational problems.
 
Perform validation and testing of models to ensure adequacy and reformulate models as necessary.
 
Collaborate with senior managers and decision makers to identify and solve a variety of problems and to clarify management objectives.
 
Define data requirements and gather and validate information, applying judgment and statistical tests.
 
Study and analyze information about alternative courses of action to determine which plan will offer the best outcomes.
 
Prepare management reports defining and evaluating problems and recommending solutions.
 
Break systems into their component parts, assign numerical values to each component, and examine the mathematical relationships between them.
 
Specify manipulative or computational methods to be applied to models.
 
Observe the current system in operation and gather and analyze information about each of the parts of component problems, using a variety of sources.
 
Design, conduct, and evaluate experimental operational models in cases where models cannot be developed from existing data.
 
Develop and apply time and cost networks to plan, control, and review large projects.
 
Develop business methods and procedures, including accounting systems, file systems, office systems, logistics systems, and production schedules.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Administration
Benchmark Title: Operations/Systems Analysts and Researchers, Except Computer
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Administration
Benchmark Title: Operations/Systems Analysts and Researchers, Except Computer
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Administration
Benchmark Title: Operations/Systems Analysts and Researchers, Except Computer
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Administration
Benchmark Title: Operations/Systems Analysts and Researchers, Except Computer
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
A mathematical programming language AMPL Analytical or scientific software
 
Business Forecast Systems Forecast Pro Financial analysis software
 
Business Objects Crystal Reports Data base reporting software
 
C Development environment software
 
C++ Object or component oriented development software
 
Claritas PRIZM NE Analytical or scientific software
 
Dassault Systemes CATIA software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
ESRI ArcExplorer Analytical or scientific software
 
ESRI ArcGIS software Map creation software
 
General algebraic modeling system GAMS Analytical or scientific software
 
Hyperion Solutions Hyperion Intelligence Analytical or scientific software
 
ILOG OPL-CPLEX Development System Analytical or scientific software
 
Imagine That Extend OR Analytical or scientific software
 
Insightful S-PLUS Analytical or scientific software
 
LINDO Systems LINGO Analytical or scientific software
 
Mathsoft Mathcad Computer aided design CAD software
 
Mesquite Software CSIM Analytical or scientific software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft MapPoint Map creation software
 
Microsoft Office Visio Charting software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Visual Basic Development environment software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Mixed integer optimizer MINTO Analytical or scientific software
 
MySQL software Data base management system software
 
Oracle software Data base user interface and query software
 
ProModel software Analytical or scientific software
 
R Object or component oriented development software
 
Rockwell Automation Arena Analytical or scientific software
 
SAS software Analytical or scientific software
 
SPSS software Analytical or scientific software
 
Stanford Business Software MINOS Analytical or scientific software
 
Stanford Business Software SNOPT Analytical or scientific software
 
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
 
Strategic Reporting Systems ReportSmith Data base reporting software
 
Structured query language SQL Data base user interface and query software
 
Sun Microsystems Java Object or component oriented development software
 
Sybase PowerBuilder Object or component oriented development software
 
Telelogic System Architect Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks MATLAB Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks Simulink Analytical or scientific software
 
Wolfram Research Mathematica Analytical or scientific software
 
iGrafx software Analytical or scientific software
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Mainframe computers Mainframe computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Administration
Benchmark Title: Operations/Systems Analysts and Researchers, Except Computer
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Administration
Benchmark Title: Operations/Systems Analysts and Researchers, Except Computer
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Analyst
Analytical Strategist
Business Operations Analyst
Business Process Analyst
File System Installer
Forms Analyst
Liaison Planner
Material Liaison
Material Requirements Worker
Method Consultant
Methods Analyst
Methods Specialist
Office System Analyst
Operations Analyst
Operations Research Analyst
Operations Research Manager
Policy Advisor
Policy Officer
Procedure Analyst
Procedure Writer
Process Analyst
Professor
Scientist
Standards Analyst
Supply Chain Analyst
Systems Analyst
Systems Consultant
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Administration
Benchmark Title: Operations/Systems Analysts and Researchers, Except Computer
 
 
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