The San Francisco Chronicle recently recommended ten careers to pursue for paying off student loans. The careers were chosen based on the median salary and high employment rates. The #1 career they recommend is systems engineering. OK, it’s not quite operations research, but they describe systems engineering as “scientific understanding with creative problem-solving. [Systems engineers] are responsible for building various systems (computing, mechanical and otherwise) that are efficient and manageable.” Sounds like OR to me.
I was also happy to see that being a university professor was also on the list. Woo hoo!