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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 Latino9.8%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix18.2%
Northern Illinois University6.1%
Michigan State University5.4%
Pennsylvania State University5.4%
Ohio State University5.0%
University of Southern California5.0%
University of Texas at Austin4.6%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro4.3%
University of South Florida3.6%
Illinois State University3.6%
University of Iowa3.6%
Southern New Hampshire University3.6%
Carnegie Mellon University3.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Planning & Analysis Lead Analyst||Citigroup Management Corp.||Islandia, NY||Apr 01, 2015||$140,000|
|Planning and Analysis Lead Analyst||Citigroup Management Corp.||Islandia, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$125,000|
|Planning and Analysis Lead Analyst||Citigroup Global Markets Inc.||New York, NY||May 09, 2016||$125,000|
|Planning and Analysis Lead Analyst||Citigroup Management Corp.||Islandia, NY||Jan 06, 2016||$125,000|
|Planning & Analysis Lead Analyst||Citibank, N.A.||Miami, FL||May 01, 2015||$120,000|
|Sales Strategy & Planning Analyst||Equinix, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Mar 14, 2016||$115,000|
|Planning and Analysis Lead Analyst||Citibank, N.A||Miami, FL||Aug 04, 2016||$115,000|
|Planning & Analyst Specialist||Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2015||$113,000 -
|Lead Market Planning Analyst||NRG Energy, Inc.||Princeton, NJ||Jun 02, 2016||$112,200|
|Market Planning Analyst||Genentech USA, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Jun 06, 2016||$110,115 -
|Kindle CS Capacity Planning Analyst||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Feb 25, 2015||$110,000 -
|Planning Analyst||Murphy Exploration and Production Company||Houston, TX||Oct 02, 2015||$110,000|
|Resources Planning Analyst III||Progressive Casualty Insurance Company||Phoenix, AZ||Apr 27, 2015||$88,234|
|SCM Planning Analyst||Davol Inc.||Warwick, RI||Mar 09, 2016||$88,000|
|Production Planning Analyst||Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.||Watsonville, CA||May 21, 2015||$85,571|
|Resource Planning Analyst||Progressive Casualty Insurance Company||Phoenix, AZ||Apr 01, 2015||$84,500|
|Essbase Planning Analyst I||Edgewater Technology||White Plains, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$80,000|
|Planning Analyst||Intel Corporation||Chandler, AZ||Jun 09, 2016||$78,832 -
|Supply Planning Analyst||KLA-Tencor Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Jan 01, 2015||$78,568|
|Master Planning Analyst||Niagara Bottling, LLC||Ontario, CA||Mar 02, 2015||$77,000|
|Production Planning Analyst||Grocery Delivery E-Services USA, Inc.||Newark, NJ||May 09, 2016||$64,397|
|Inventory Planning Analyst||The Gap, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 08, 2016||$63,606 -
|Inventory Planning Analyst||The Gap, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 21, 2016||$63,606 -
|Planning Analyst||Westvest Associates Inc.||Doral, FL||Feb 08, 2016||$62,150|
|Production Planning Analyst||Amazon.Com.AZDC LLC||Phoenix, AZ||Oct 01, 2015||$62,000 -
|Planning Analyst and Modeler||Southern Company Servies, Inc.||Birmingham, AL||Sep 26, 2015||$62,000 -
|Production Planning Analyst||Amazon.Com.AZDC LLC||Phoenix, AZ||Jan 10, 2015||$62,000 -
|Capacity Planning Analyst||Fidelity Technology Group LLC||Durham, NC||Aug 17, 2015||$61,506 -
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