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Survey: Master’s degrees in O.R. pay off

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Individuals with a master’s degree in operations research rank third highest in terms of mid-career salaries, according to a recent survey by Forbes. The findings, part of Forbes’ 2016-2017 College Salary Report, combed data for nearly 200 graduate-level degrees and ranked them according to the mid-career salaries of full-time U.S. employees who hold specific degrees.

Mid-career operations researchers with master’s degrees average $129,000 in annual salary, according to the survey, just below those with master’s degrees in nurse anesthesia ($156,000) and computer science and engineering ($134,000) and just ahead of those with master’s degrees in electrical and electronics engineering and taxation. MBAs were omitted from the survey.

As expected, those with master’s degrees in STEM disciplines dominated the top of the list, with chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, industrial engineering and applied mathematics all finishing in the top 10 with mid-career wages between $115,000 and $121,000.

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