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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 Phoenix14.3%
University of Denver9.5%
Western Michigan University6.1%
Florida State University5.4%
University of South Florida4.1%
Wayne State University4.1%
Boise State University4.1%
University of Wisconsin - Madison4.1%
University of San Francisco3.4%
New York University3.4%
Brigham Young University3.4%
Texas State University3.4%
Old Dominion University3.4%
San Jose State University3.4%
Northern Illinois University3.4%
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Performance Improvement Consultant IV||Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford||Palo Alto, CA||May 18, 2015||$240,000|
|Senior Performance Consultant||The Angelina Group, LP||Englewood, CO||May 21, 2014||$175,000|
|Performance Consultant||The Angelina Group, LP||Englewood, CO||May 21, 2011||$150,000|
|Talent and Organization Performance Consultant||Accenture LLP||San Francisco, CA||Jul 26, 2011||$130,000|
|Talent and Organization Performance Consultant||Accenture LLP||San Francisco, CA||May 05, 2011||$130,000|
|Talent and Organization Performance Consultant||Accenture LLP||Mountain View, CA||Oct 27, 2011||$130,000|
|Performance Improvement Consulting Supervisor||McGladrey LLP||Chicago, IL||Jan 13, 2014||$125,000|
|Franchise Performance Consultant||Pizza Hut, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Aug 09, 2010||$123,000|
|Performance Consultant||Hitachi Data Systems Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 01, 2011||$115,966 -
|Performance Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Durham, NC||Dec 17, 2014||$108,668|
|Senior Performance Consultant||Riverbed Technology||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 26, 2016||$106,766|
|Senior Performance Consultant||Riverbed Technology, Inc.||Bethesda, MD||Jan 06, 2016||$105,917|
|Lead Performance Consultant||Riverbed Technology, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 09, 2016||$104,936|
|Performance Improvement Consultant||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Menlo Park, CA||Apr 13, 2015||$100,027 -
|Manager, Contract Performance Consultant, SR.||Apria Healthcare LLC||Lake Forest, CA||Dec 31, 2016||$100,000|
|Lead Performance Consultant||Riverbed Technology, Inc.||Gaithersburg, MD||Sep 15, 2016||$95,597 -
|Lead Performance Consultant||Riverbed Technology||Bethesda, MD||Jul 26, 2016||$94,032|
|Performance Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Durham, NC||Oct 01, 2014||$89,390|
|Performance Improvement Consultant||Carilion Medical Center||Roanoke, VA||Jun 24, 2016||$85,499|
|Performance Improvement Consultant II||Rush University Medical Center||Chicago, IL||Jan 05, 2015||$85,000|
|Associate Manager, Performance Consulting||Bristol-Myers Squibb Company||Plainsboro, NJ||Oct 01, 2010||$77,000|
|Banking Product Performance Consultant||Citizens Financial Group, Inc.||Cranston, RI||Jun 22, 2015||$75,213 -
|Ambit Risk & Performance Consultant||Sungard Ambit LLC||Boston, MA||Oct 01, 2011||$75,000|
|Banking Product Performance Consultant||Citizens Financial Group, Inc.||Smithfield, RI||Oct 27, 2014||$74,700 -
|Banking Product Performance Consultant||RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc.||Dedham, MA||Oct 21, 2013||$74,700 -
|Client Performance Consultant||KIVA Systems, Inc.||North Reading, MA||Jun 20, 2011||$72,000|
|Performance Consultant I||Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, PC||Rockville, MD||Oct 01, 2010||$71,802|
|Oracle Performance Consultant||Satnam Data Systems Inc.||Somerset, NJ||Aug 01, 2014||$70,000|
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