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Most management analysts have at least a bachelor’s degree. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation may improve job prospects.Education
A bachelor’s degree is the typical entry-level requirement for management analysts. However, some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).
Few colleges and universities offer formal programs in management consulting. However, many fields of study provide a suitable education because of the range of areas that management analysts address. Common fields of study include business, management, economics, political science and government, accounting, finance, marketing, psychology, computer and information science, and English.
Analysts also routinely attend conferences to stay up to date on current developments in their field.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA) offers the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation to those who meet minimum levels of education and experience, submit client reviews, and pass an interview and exam covering the IMC USA’s code of ethics. Management consultants with a CMC designation must be recertified every 3 years. Management analysts are not required to get certification, but it may give jobseekers a competitive advantage.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Many analysts enter the occupation with several years of work experience. Organizations that specialize in certain fields typically try to hire candidates who have experience in those areas. Typical work backgrounds include experience in management, human resources, and information technology.Advancement
As consultants gain experience, they often take on more responsibility. At the senior level, consultants may supervise teams working on more complex projects and become more involved in seeking out new business. Those with exceptional skills may eventually become partners in their consulting organization and focus on attracting new clients and bringing in revenue. Senior consultants who leave their consulting company often move to senior management positions at nonconsulting organizations.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Management analysts must be able to interpret a wide range of information and use their findings to make proposals.
Communication skills. Management analysts must be able to communicate clearly and precisely in both writing and speaking. Successful analysts also need good listening skills to understand the organization’s problems and propose appropriate solutions.
Interpersonal skills. Management analysts must work with managers and other employees of the organizations where they provide consulting services. They should work as a team toward achieving the organization’s goals.
Problem-solving skills. Management analysts must be able to think creatively to solve clients’ problems. Although some aspects of different clients’ problems may be similar, each situation is likely to present unique challenges for the analyst to solve.
Time-management skills. Management analysts often work under tight deadlines and must use their time efficiently to complete projects on time.
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Hispanic or Latino7.9%
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New York University6.5%
More Tech Institute6.3%
University of Chicago6.1%
University of Texas at Dallas5.7%
Carnegie Mellon University5.3%
University of Phoenix5.1%
University of Pennsylvania4.8%
University of California - Berkeley4.2%
Pennsylvania State University4.2%
University of Houston4.2%
George Washington University3.8%
George Mason University3.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Associate Consultant||Mayo Clinic||Scottsdale, AZ||Jan 05, 2016||$216,000|
|Engineer, Associate Consultant||Qlogic Corporation||Irvine, CA||Sep 03, 2015||$170,000|
|Senior Associate Consultant||Westernacher & Partner Consulting, Inc.||Broomfield, CO||Sep 12, 2016||$145,000|
|Associate Consultant||Acquis Consulting Group, LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$137,000|
|Associate Consultant||ZS Associates, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Feb 18, 2015||$136,282|
|Senior Associate Consultant||Mayo Clinic||Scottsdale, AZ||Dec 12, 2016||$136,260|
|Senior Associate Consultant||Westernacher & Partner Consulting, Inc.||Wellesley, MA||Mar 23, 2015||$135,000|
|Senior Associate Consultant||Westernacher & Partner Consulting, Inc.||Wellesley, MA||Jul 01, 2015||$135,000|
|Business Analytics Associate Consultant||ZS Associates, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Sep 17, 2015||$130,790|
|Senior Associate Consultant||Westernacher & Partner Consulting, Inc.||Wellesley, MA||Jul 13, 2016||$130,000|
|Senior Associate Consultant||Westernacher & Partner Consulting, Inc.||Wellesley, MA||Jan 02, 2016||$130,000|
|Senior Associate Consultant||Westernacher & Partner Consulting, Inc.||Wellesley, MA||Jan 19, 2015||$130,000|
|Senior Associate Consultant||Westernacher & Partner Consulting, Inc.||Wellesley, MA||Sep 23, 2015||$130,000|
|Associate Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Agoura Hills, CA||Jun 25, 2016||$72,996|
|Associate Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Agoura Hills, CA||Jan 07, 2016||$72,996|
|Associate Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Hartford, CT||Jun 08, 2016||$72,985|
|Associate Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Hartford, CT||Apr 22, 2016||$72,985|
|Associate Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Hartford, CT||Jun 22, 2015||$72,985|
|Associate Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Berlin, CT||Jan 10, 2016||$72,789|
|Associate Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||San Ramon, CA||Jul 08, 2016||$72,780|
|Associate Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Irvine, CA||Sep 08, 2016||$72,777|
|Associate Consultant||Model N, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 15, 2016||$66,498|
|Associate Consultant (Computer Programmer)||Saama Technologies, Inc.||Glendale, AZ||Oct 01, 2015||$66,441|
|Associate Consultant-Business Services-US||Infosys BPO Limited||Salt Lake City, UT||Jul 18, 2015||$66,430|
|Associate Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Plano, TX||Aug 19, 2016||$66,419|
|Associate Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Newark, NJ||Sep 12, 2015||$66,419|
|Associate Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Milwaukee, WI||Sep 11, 2015||$66,419|
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