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Working As a Methods 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

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Methods 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 Methods 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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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Standards Analyst 3.3 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Methods Analyst 3.0 years
Control Analyst 3.0 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Management Analyst 3.0 years
Planning Analyst 2.9 years
Process Analyst 2.7 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Methods Analyst
Head Nurse 6.5%
Consultant 6.5%
Assistant 6.5%
Clerk 4.3%
Top Careers After Methods Analyst
Manager 5.7%
Consultant 5.2%
Supervisor 4.0%
Owner 3.4%
Specialist 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
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$60,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
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$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
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$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Air Liquide
Highest Paying City
Laurel, MD
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Methods Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Methods Analyst in the United States is $74,999 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $92,000.

Real Methods Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Webmethods Analyst The Gates Corporation Denver, CO Sep 09, 2014 $98,135
Webmethods Analyst Gates Corporation, A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of To Denver, CO Apr 15, 2013 $95,993
Webmethods Analyst The Gates Corporation Denver, CO May 01, 2016 $75,379 -
$133,220
Distribution Methods Analyst Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP Houston, TX Sep 20, 2012 $74,694
Distribution Methods Analyst Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP Houston, TX Sep 10, 2012 $74,694
Adanced Forecasting Methos-Analyst II Resource Systems Group, Inc. White River Junction, VT Sep 09, 2013 $71,614
Advanced Forcasting Methods Analyst Resource Systems Group, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 06, 2014 $66,000
Webmethods Analyst Spartan Solutions Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Sep 06, 2014 $65,000
Adanced Forecasting Methos-Analyst II Resource Systems Group, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 03, 2014 $62,400
Distribution Methods Analyst Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP Houston, TX Jan 23, 2010 $60,100
Webmethod Analyst Proficient Business Systems, Inc. Mooresville, NC Oct 16, 2015 $60,000
Vstg. Management Methods Analyst University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Feb 01, 2011 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Methods Analyst

  1. New Procedures
  2. Process Improvement
  3. Customer Service
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  • Trained branch personnel on new procedures and computer applications.
  • Debit Requisition Process Improvement Team.
  • Participated in systems conversion to new on-line customer service systems.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to support develop, document and implement technical data packages for transition of detail parts to Mexico.
  • Developed business requirements for the development of IVR/ARU applications for call centers.

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  2. New Jersey
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Virginia
  5. Connecticut
  6. Maryland
  7. New York
  8. Rhode Island
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Methods Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

52.3%

Female

39.1%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

2.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Chinese

18.8%

Portuguese

12.5%

Hungarian

6.3%

French

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%
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Methods Analyst Education

Schools

University of Washington

10.7%

University of Phoenix

8.9%

Washington State University

5.4%

Webster University

5.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.4%

Kaplan University

5.4%

Western Washington University

5.4%

George Washington University

5.4%

Purdue University

5.4%

More Tech Institute

5.4%

University of Delaware

5.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Iona College

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

Central State University

3.6%

University of Texas at Tyler

3.6%

Kettering University

3.6%

Seattle University

3.6%

Fordham University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%
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Majors

Business

24.6%

Industrial Engineering

10.3%

Management

5.1%

Marketing

5.1%

Industrial Technology

5.1%

English

5.1%

Human Resources Management

4.6%

Computer Science

4.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Economics

4.0%

Project Management

4.0%

Operations Management

3.4%

Nursing

3.4%

Information Technology

3.4%

Psychology

2.9%

Political Science

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.7%

Chemistry

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.4%

Masters

26.3%

Other

16.3%

Certificate

4.8%

Associate

2.8%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Updated May 19, 2020