Choosing a career in O.R. means applying maths to solve real-world problems. You could help businesses to improve their services and lower costs, or work with government departments to support their plans for healthcare, policing and other areas.
If you’re thinking of a career in O.R. it’s important to keep studying maths. You will need to take an A-Level or a Higher in maths or an equivalent qualification.
Some exam boards offer a module called ‘Decision Maths’ that can be studied as part of an A-Level in Maths. This will introduce you to some O.R. techniques. Don’t worry if you don’t have this option as studying any maths course as part of your further education and achieving a good grade will give you the opportunity to study an appropriate subject at university.
O.R. is a multidisciplinary area and so people can enter from a variety of disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering, economics, management or the sciences.
University may seem like a long way off at the moment, but it is good to start thinking about which subjects you enjoy or which ones you will need to study for the career you wish to pursue.
It is not essential to study O.R. for your first degree if you would like a career in O.R., however, there are degree courses available with O.R. content.
You can view a list of universities that offer undergraduate degree courses in O.R. and with O.R. content on the Undergraduate Degree Courses page.