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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 Phoenix13.3%
George Washington University8.9%
New York University6.3%
George Mason University5.6%
Michigan State University5.4%
University of Southern California4.4%
University of Houston4.4%
Pennsylvania State University4.1%
University of Texas at Austin4.0%
University of Pennsylvania3.8%
University of Maryland - College Park3.4%
Texas A&M University3.4%
Southern Methodist University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Strategic Business Lead and Principal Consultant||Asap Solutions Group||Atlanta, GA||Jun 22, 2015||$482,619|
|Principal Consultant||Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.||Herndon, VA||Sep 12, 2015||$210,059|
|Principal Consultant||Medergy Healthgroup, Inc.||Yardley, PA||Apr 15, 2016||$190,000 -
|Principal Consultant (International)||Applied Predictive Technologies||San Francisco, CA||Mar 06, 2016||$185,000|
|Principal Consultant||Cm2 Limited, LLC D/B/A Broad Branch Advisors||Washington, DC||Aug 05, 2015||$180,000|
|Senior Principal Consultant||MSG Global Solutions, Inc.||Princeton, NJ||Feb 11, 2016||$175,000 -
|Principal Project Manager/Principal Consultant||Worleyparsons Group, Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 16, 2015||$174,907|
|Principal Consultant||Percona Staffing LLC||Durham, NC||Feb 22, 2016||$170,000|
|Senior Principal Consultant||Program Planning Professionals, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 25, 2016||$168,850|
|Principal Consultant||The Arnold Group||Seattle, WA||Nov 17, 2016||$168,000 -
|Principal Consultant, Presales||Ca, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 15, 2016||$167,000|
|SR. Principal Consultant||APPS Associates LLC||Acton, MA||Feb 06, 2015||$167,000|
|Principal Consultant||APPS Associates, LLC||Billerica, MA||Oct 16, 2015||$165,000|
|Principal Consultant||Fireeye, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Apr 13, 2016||$164,382 -
|Principal Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Milwaukee, WI||Jul 26, 2015||$127,995|
|Principal Consultant||Labyrinth Solutions, Inc.||Sudbury, MA||Sep 09, 2015||$127,950|
|Principal Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Deerfield, IL||Aug 16, 2015||$127,878|
|Principal Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Lake Forest, IL||Jun 16, 2015||$127,878|
|Principal Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Chicago, IL||Nov 07, 2016||$127,878|
|Principal Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Lincolnshire, IL||Mar 17, 2015||$127,878|
|Principal Consultant-US||Infosys Limited||Lake Forest, IL||Jun 15, 2015||$127,878|
|Principal Consultant-US-Practitioner||Infosys Limited||Lisle, IL||Aug 27, 2016||$115,981|
|Principal Consultant-US-Professional||Infosys Limited||Chicago, IL||Dec 18, 2016||$115,981|
|Principal Consultant-US-Professional||Infosys Limited||Bolingbrook, IL||Nov 18, 2016||$115,981|
|Principal Consultant-US-Practitioner||Infosys Limited||Chicago, IL||Apr 11, 2016||$115,981|
|Principal Consultant-Infrastructure Management-US||Infosys Limited||Omaha, NE||Mar 14, 2016||$115,950|
|Principal Consultant, Business Intelligence||Genpact LLC||Richardson, TX||Feb 11, 2016||$115,794|
|Principal Consultant Web Analytics||Numeric, LLC||Bothell, WA||Sep 19, 2016||$115,773 -
|Principal Consultant-Infrastructure Management-US||Infosys Limited||Tampa, FL||Aug 17, 2015||$115,632|
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