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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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University of Phoenix12.1%
New York University6.7%
Indiana University Bloomington6.7%
University of Florida4.7%
University of Illinois at Chicago4.7%
Johns Hopkins University4.7%
Wayne State University4.0%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro4.0%
University of Southern California4.0%
San Diego State University4.0%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor4.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Analytical Data Consultant||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 27, 2016||$138,362|
|Senior Data Consultant||Kaiser Foundation Hospitals||Oakland, CA||Nov 10, 2014||$133,593|
|Senior Data Consultant||Kaiser Foundation Hospitals||Oakland, CA||Dec 02, 2014||$133,593|
|Senior Data Consultant||Kaiser Foundation Hospitals||Oakland, CA||Nov 22, 2014||$133,593|
|Healthcare Executive Data Consultant||Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, PC||Rockville, MD||May 21, 2015||$125,000|
|Senior Data Consultant||The Advisory Board Company||Washington, DC||Aug 19, 2016||$123,662|
|Senior Data Consultant||The Advisory Board Company||Philadelphia, PA||Sep 28, 2016||$123,662|
|Data Consultant (Director Level)||The Advisory Board Company||Washington, DC||Dec 19, 2014||$122,886|
|Executive Data Consultant||Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, PC||Rockville, MD||Dec 03, 2015||$121,701 -
|Senior Data Consultant||Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, PC||Rockville, MD||Mar 11, 2014||$120,000|
|Senior Analytical Data Consultant||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 29, 2014||$120,000|
|Senior Data Migration Consultant||Data Migration Resources Inc.||Skillman, NJ||Jun 09, 2016||$120,000|
|Lead Data Consultant||Experian Information Solutions, Inc.||Costa Mesa, CA||Jan 16, 2015||$119,533|
|Data Migration Consultant||Backoffice Associates, LLC||Collegeville, PA||Nov 01, 2015||$116,000 -
|Plan To Make Data Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Florham Park, NJ||Oct 20, 2014||$98,644|
|Expert Data Consultant||Allscripts Healthcare, LLC||Atlanta, GA||Apr 22, 2014||$97,850|
|Data Migration Consultant||Utopia Global, Inc.||Secaucus, NJ||Nov 20, 2013||$95,000|
|Senior Big Data Consultant||The Intersect Group, LLC||Atlanta, GA||Aug 12, 2013||$95,000|
|Expert Data Consultant||Allscripts Healthcare, LLC||Atlanta, GA||Jul 01, 2013||$95,000|
|Expert Data Consultant||Allscripts Healthcare, LLC||Valrico, FL||Jul 01, 2013||$95,000|
|Data Migration Consultant||Backoffice Associates, LLC||Saint Paul, MN||May 01, 2013||$93,000 -
|Data Migration Consultant||Backoffice Associates, LLC||Saint Paul, MN||Mar 01, 2014||$93,000 -
|SAP Data Reporting Consultant||Black & Veatch Corporation||Philadelphia, PA||Feb 04, 2015||$76,856 -
|Statistician/Data Analysis Consultant||Megaputer Intelligence Inc.||Bloomington, IN||Jul 20, 2015||$75,000|
|SR. Data Migration Consultant||Data Migration Resources, Inc.||Omaha, NE||Apr 26, 2013||$75,000 -
|Data Migration Consultant||Backoffice Associates, LLC||Melville, NY||Sep 05, 2014||$75,000|
|Senior Data Stage Consultant||Arvyn Technologies Inc.||Quincy, MA||Apr 29, 2016||$75,000|
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