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Operations Analyst (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Analyzes systems and processes in an organization or business and uses findings to help solve problems and improve management. Uses advanced statistical and mathematical models and computer software to analyze a wide variety of data; collaborates with other analysts and with the management of an organization.

Job Outlook

There were 1112 Operations Analyst (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 28815 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Operations Analyst industry, which includes the Operations Analyst (General) career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Operations Analyst (General) jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $67,254.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $66,821.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Operations Analyst (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $54,135.

Education and Experience

Posted Operations Analyst (General) jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree9%
Bachelor's Degree72%
Master's Degree18%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other0%

Posted Operations Analyst (General) jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years42%
3 to 5 years44%
6 to 8 years8%
9+ years7%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Operations Analyst (General) positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (48%)
  • Microsoft Excel (42%)
  • Problem Solving (33%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (30%)
  • Detail-Oriented (29%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Operations Analysis (39%)
  • Project Management (20%)
  • Business Operations (16%)
  • Data Analysis (15%)
  • Business Process (11%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • SQL (18%)
  • Customer Service (17%)
  • Budgeting (13%)
  • Scheduling (12%)
  • Process Improvement (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Data Visualization (5%)
  • Pivot Tables (5%)
  • Microsoft Visio (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Operations Analyst (General) skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Operations Analyst
  • Operations Support Specialist
  • Business Operations Analyst
  • Business Operations Specialist
  • Operations Analyst I

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Operations Analyst (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Deloitte (1113)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (560)
  • Wells Fargo (348)
  • Citi (286)
  • Guidehouse (262)

North Carolina

  • Wells Fargo (75)
  • Deloitte (57)
  • Bank of America (35)
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc (26)
  • Cisco Systems Incorporated (24)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!