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Working As A Program 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

  • $71,067

    Average Salary

What Does A Program 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 Program 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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Program Analyst Career Paths

Program Analyst
Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Analyst Management Consultant Change Management Consultant
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Finance Analyst Assistant Controller
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Program/Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Quality Assurance Analyst Technical Writer
Proposal Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Site Manager Technical Recruiter
Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Contracts Administrator Subcontract Administrator Subcontracts Manager
Senior Managed
7 Yearsyrs
Business Manager Executive Assistant/Office Manager Executive Assistant To Chief Executive Officer
Special Projects Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Analyst 3.2 years
Principal Analyst 3.2 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Resource Analyst 3.0 years
Program Analyst 3.0 years
Management Analyst 2.9 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Program Analyst
Internship 10.4%
Secretary 4.8%
Analyst 4.7%
Consultant 4.0%
Manager 3.3%
Top Careers After Program Analyst
Consultant 7.0%
Analyst 4.1%
Manager 3.9%

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Program Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

52.5%

Male

44.6%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

54.9%

Black or African American

15.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

12.0%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.4%

French

11.9%

Mandarin

8.0%

Arabic

7.4%

Chinese

5.3%

Russian

4.5%

German

4.5%

Italian

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Japanese

1.6%

Cantonese

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Czech

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Hindi

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Norwegian

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%
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Program Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.9%

University of Maryland - University College

11.1%

Strayer University

10.0%

George Mason University

8.6%

George Washington University

8.4%

American University

5.8%

Howard University

4.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.1%

Webster University

4.0%

Villanova University

3.7%

Defense Acquisition University

3.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.3%

Liberty University

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

2.8%

Old Dominion University

2.8%

Johns Hopkins University

2.7%

Towson University

2.7%

Walden University

2.6%

University of Southern California

2.6%

Michigan State University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

32.4%

Computer Science

7.4%

Management

7.1%

Computer Information Systems

5.0%

Finance

4.6%

Accounting

4.2%

Project Management

4.2%

Political Science

4.0%

Human Resources Management

3.7%

Public Administration

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Psychology

2.7%

Communication

2.6%

Information Technology

2.6%

Marketing

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

International Relations

2.3%

Economics

2.1%

Law

2.1%

Information Systems

1.8%
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Degrees

Masters

37.6%

Bachelors

36.1%

Other

13.0%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

3.4%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Real Program Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Leadership Development Program Analyst American Tower Corporation Woburn, MA Sep 11, 2015 $140,000
Global Lending Program Analyst Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA) Wilmington, DE Aug 26, 2016 $140,000
Principal IS Program Analyst Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA May 04, 2015 $133,000
Programer Analyst Smartplug Systems Inc. West Orange, NJ Mar 16, 2016 $132,954
Enterprisewide Program Analyst Blue Coat Systems Inc. Boxborough, MA Feb 01, 2015 $128,903 -
$154,684
Analyst, Risk Programming Lincoln National Corporation Philadelphia, PA Apr 03, 2016 $120,973 -
$130,000
Technical Program Analyst Skava New York, NY Oct 14, 2015 $120,000
Technical Program Analyst Kallidus, Inc. New York, NY Mar 17, 2015 $118,061 -
$130,000
Program Analyst 3 (Systems Analyst) Arcadis U.S., Inc. Birmingham, AL May 02, 2015 $116,355
Analyst, Risk Programming Lincoln National Corporation Philadelphia, PA Aug 04, 2015 $114,920 -
$130,000
Marcom Program Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Sep 19, 2016 $111,037
Web Programming Analyst NRG Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 10, 2015 $110,926
Business Leadership Program Analyst Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 04, 2015 $79,800 -
$119,800
Business Leadership Program Analyst Linkedin Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $79,800 -
$119,800
Program Analyst Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Piscataway, NJ Feb 18, 2015 $79,102
Program Analyst I-Blue, Inc. DBA I-BLU Los Angeles, CA Feb 06, 2015 $78,562
Programer Analyst Opus Consulting Solutions, Inc. Montvale, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $78,000
Computer User Program Analyst/Support Beyond Management Group, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2015 $78,000
Revenue Cycle Transformation Program Analyst Fresenius Management Services, Inc., A Fresenius Medical Care Company Irving, TX Aug 30, 2016 $78,000
Program Analyst Super Micro Computer, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 20, 2016 $78,000
Program Analyst I Veracity Engineering, LLC Washington, DC Sep 30, 2016 $68,224
Program Analyst Singular Analysts Inc. Irving, TX Feb 09, 2016 $68,000
Program Analysts Singular Analysts Inc. Irving, TX Feb 09, 2016 $68,000
Programer Analyst Yashraj Technologies Inc. Glastonbury, CT Sep 15, 2016 $68,000

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  2. Financial Statements
  3. Data Entry
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  • Prepared general ledger account analysis, reconciliation and periodic financial statements.
  • Conducted data entry, retrieval and maintenance of financial or management reporting databases.
  • Interacted with military personnel, government agencies and defense contractors in resolving identified quality issues impacting Army Aviation assets.
  • Monitored, tracked expenditures, reviewed status reports and contract delivered from subcontractors.

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