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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.

    Work Activities
    • Formulate mathematical or simulation models of problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives, and their numerical parameters.
    • 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.
    • Present the results of mathematical modeling and data analysis to management or other end users.
    • 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.
    • Study and analyze information about alternative courses of action to determine which plan will offer the best outcomes.
    • Define data requirements and gather and validate information, applying judgment and statistical tests.
    • Prepare management reports defining and evaluating problems and recommending solutions.
    • Observe the current system in operation and gather and analyze information about each of the parts of component problems, using a variety of sources.
    • Break systems into their components, assign numerical values to each component, and examine the mathematical relationships between them.
    • Design, conduct, and evaluate experimental operational models in cases where models cannot be developed from existing data.
    • Educate staff in the use of mathematical models.
    • Specify manipulative or computational methods to be applied to models.
    • 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.
    • Mathematics

      Using mathematics to solve problems.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Mathematical Reasoning

      The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

    • 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.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $81,710/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $39.29/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 3,850
    • Yearly Projected Openings 350
    Typical Education
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Innovation
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Mainframe computers
    • Desktop computers
    • Operating system software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.