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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 Latino9.0%
Black or African American0.9%
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University of Phoenix11.9%
University of Maryland - University College11.7%
George Mason University8.4%
George Washington University8.3%
Northern Virginia Community College3.9%
Defense Acquisition University3.5%
University of Maryland - College Park3.4%
Old Dominion University3.0%
Pennsylvania State University2.5%
Johns Hopkins University2.5%
American InterContinental University2.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|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|
|Program Analyst SR. 1||Genomic Health, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jul 01, 2015||$131,523|
|Enterprisewide Program Analyst||Blue Coat Systems Inc.||Boxborough, MA||Feb 01, 2015||$128,903 -
|Analyst, Risk Programming||Lincoln National Corporation||Philadelphia, PA||Apr 03, 2016||$120,973 -
|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 -
|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 -
|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||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$79,800 -
|Business Leadership Program Analyst||Linkedin Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$79,800 -
|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|
|Computer User Program Analyst/Support||Beyond Management Group, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Oct 01, 2015||$78,000|
|Programer Analyst||Opus Consulting Solutions, Inc.||Montvale, NJ||Jan 08, 2016||$78,000|
|Program Analyst||Super Micro Computer, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 20, 2016||$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 I||Veracity Engineering, LLC||Washington, DC||Sep 30, 2016||$68,244|
|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|
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