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Working As A Human Resources Analyst

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $70,714

    Average Salary

What Does A Human Resources Analyst Do

Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Duties

Management analysts typically do the following:

  • Gather and organize information about the problem to be solved or the procedure to be improved
  • Interview personnel and conduct onsite observations to determine the methods, equipment, and personnel that will be needed
  • Analyze financial and other data, including revenue, expenditure, and employment reports
  • Develop solutions or alternative practices
  • Recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational changes
  • Make recommendations to management through presentations or written reports
  • Confer with managers to ensure changes are working

Although some management analysts work for the organization that they analyze, most work as consultants on a contractual basis. 

Whether they are self-employed or part of a large consulting company, the work of a management analyst may vary from project to project. Some projects require a team of consultants, each specializing in one area. In other projects, consultants work independently with the client organization’s managers.

Management analysts often specialize in certain areas, such as inventory management or reorganizing corporate structures to eliminate duplicate and nonessential jobs. Some consultants specialize in a specific industry, such as healthcare or telecommunications. In government, management analysts usually specialize by type of agency.

Organizations hire consultants to develop strategies for entering and remaining competitive in today’s marketplace.

Management analysts who work on contract may write proposals and bid for jobs. Typically, an organization that needs the help of a management analyst solicits proposals from a number of consultants and consulting companies that specialize in the needed work. Those who want the work must then submit a proposal by the deadline that explains how the consultant will do the work, who will do the work, why they are the best consultants to do the work, what the schedule will be, and how much it will cost. The organization that needs the consultants then selects the proposal that best meets its needs and budget.

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How To Become A Human Resources Analyst

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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Human Resources Analyst Career Paths

Human Resources Analyst
Recruiter Operations Manager Bookkeeper
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Business Partner
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Management Consultant Change Management Consultant
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Manager
Corporate Director
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Operations Director
Director Of Business Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager Senior Manager
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Senior Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Global Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Senior Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Project Coordinator Production Manager
Processing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Senior Analyst
Research Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Director Of Human Resources
Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Contracts Administrator Subcontracts Manager
Senior Managed
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Human Resources Analyst
Recruiter 3.0%
Internship 2.6%
Analyst 2.3%
Top Careers After Human Resources Analyst
Recruiter 4.0%
Consultant 3.8%
Analyst 2.9%
Manager 1.9%

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Human Resources Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

68.6%

Male

28.6%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

10.2%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.5%

French

9.5%

Portuguese

6.6%

Arabic

3.2%

German

2.9%

Mandarin

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Italian

2.3%

Hindi

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Dari

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Japanese

0.9%

Turkish

0.6%

Tamil

0.6%
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Human Resources Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.5%

Strayer University

6.5%

Webster University

5.8%

Cornell University

5.5%

University of Houston

5.2%

Villanova University

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.4%

Walden University

4.4%

Liberty University

3.9%

Capella University

3.7%

George Mason University

3.6%

San Jose State University

3.1%

Georgia State University

2.9%

Nova Southeastern University

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.9%

Troy University

2.8%

Pennsylvania State University

2.8%

Kennesaw State University

2.8%

New York University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

32.5%

Human Resources Management

26.5%

Psychology

5.2%

Management

4.2%

Counseling Psychology

3.8%

Accounting

3.4%

Communication

3.0%

Finance

2.8%

Computer Science

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%

Project Management

1.8%

Public Administration

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Education

1.5%

English

1.5%

Sociology

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Law

1.2%

Management Information Systems

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.1%

Masters

34.4%

Other

13.0%

Associate

4.8%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Career Advice on becoming a Head of Human Resources by Laura W (Full Version)

Day In The Life: Human Resources New Hire at P & G

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Real Human Resources Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Human Resources Technology Analyst Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 28, 2016 $140,000
Senior HR Systems Analyst Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Dallas, TX May 16, 2016 $135,000
Senior HR Systems Analyst Lookout, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 25, 2016 $130,000
SR. Staff HR Analyst Anadarko Petroleum Corporation The Woodlands, TX Nov 26, 2015 $127,200
HR Systems Analyst Michael KORS USA, Inc. East Rutherford, NJ Dec 12, 2016 $125,000
SAP HR Analyst-Configurarator Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC Elyria, OH Aug 29, 2016 $123,000
SR SAP HR & Payroll System Analyst Janus Management Holdings Corporation Denver, CO Sep 28, 2015 $120,000
Senior SAP HR and Payroll Systems Analyst Janus Management Holdings Corporation Denver, CO Sep 08, 2016 $117,500
Senior HR Technology Analyst Wellington Management Company LLP Boston, MA Aug 07, 2016 $112,000
HR Applications & Reporting Analyst New York University Hospitals Center New York, NY Apr 30, 2015 $110,000
Senior SAP HR Systems Analyst Direct Energy, LP Houston, TX Dec 21, 2015 $110,000
SAP HR Business Analyst Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Sep 03, 2016 $109,429 -
$162,400
HR Technology Analyst(Web Developer) Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 18, 2016 $108,493 -
$110,000
SR. SAP HR Analyst Advansoft Worldwide Inc. Arlington Heights, IL Jul 15, 2016 $107,000
HR Business Analyst JASA Aircraft Company, LLC. Cooper City, FL May 02, 2016 $71,989
HR Business Analyst Silva's Enterprise, Inc. Cooper City, FL Jan 20, 2016 $71,989
Human Capital Analyst Deloitte Consulting LLP Philadelphia, PA Nov 09, 2016 $71,906 -
$93,415
Human Capital Analyst Deloitte Consulting LLP Hartford, CT Nov 09, 2016 $71,698 -
$93,415
Human Capital Analyst Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Aug 02, 2015 $71,531 -
$91,000
Human Capital Analyst Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Jul 21, 2015 $71,531 -
$91,000
HR Analyst (Talent Acquisition) Urpan Technologies Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 16, 2016 $71,000
Human Capital Analyst Deloitte Consulting LLP Boston, MA Sep 17, 2015 $63,336 -
$91,000
HR Strategic Project Analyst Greif, Inc. Delaware, OH Aug 23, 2016 $63,135
SAP HR Functional Analyst Renowned Corp New York, NY Sep 25, 2015 $63,086
Human Capital Analyst Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Aug 03, 2015 $63,086 -
$91,000

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Top Skills for A Human Resources Analyst

  1. Payroll
  2. Procedures
  3. Personnel Files
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  • Support and administer 11 Human Resource/Payroll software systems.
  • Coach, counsel and guide managers regarding policy interpretation, associated procedures and application of relative laws and regulations.
  • Maintained personnel files of both active and inactive employees ensuring that relevant documentation and correspondences were filed accurately for future reference.
  • Developed contingency plans and alternative solutions for HRIS projects.
  • Participated in PeopleSoft implementation on setting product requirements and training.

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