Companies across industries reap the benefits of using formal mathematical models to assist them in tackling complex organizational challenges. Decision Sciences graduates might find any number of employment positions (depending on electives completed in the program and your chosen career path).
- Manager of manufacturing operations
- Manager of services operations
- Data analyst
- Project manager
- Supply chain analyst
- Data mining specialist
- Decision support specialist
Career opportunities can be found in commerce, government, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and in the services industry or manufacturing sectors.
Many organizations prefer candidates with experience using various decision sciences software. Depending on courses taken, the MS in Decision Sciences program will familiarize you with software such as Microsoft Excel and its tools (Solver and Microsoft Project), Excel add-ins (MegaStat, ForecastX, and TreeAge), Minitab, SPSS and Amos, SAS products like Enterprise Miner and JMP, Crystal Ball, Arena, and Simio.
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This information comes from the 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) published by the U.S. government's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
||Estimated Job Growth, 2008-18
||Salary Range in May 2008* |
|Market and Survey Researchers
||$61,070 – $85,510|
||$73,570 - $99,700|
|Operations Research Analysts
||$69,000 - $92,900|
||$72,610 - $95,170|
*Median to third quartile of annual salary from May 2008 survey, the latest information available.