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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 Latino9.4%
Black or African American0.9%
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University of Phoenix11.6%
New York University7.9%
Arizona State University5.4%
University of Houston5.4%
Florida State University4.9%
University of Texas at Austin4.7%
University of Washington4.5%
Michigan State University4.2%
University of Southern California4.2%
George Washington University4.0%
University of Arizona3.8%
Pennsylvania State University3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|SAP MRS Project Consultant||Grom Associates||Flemington, NJ||Oct 01, 2014||$175,000|
|Chief Project Expert-Consulting||Sap International, Inc.||Miami, FL||Sep 24, 2013||$160,000 -
|Chief Project Expert-Consulting||Sap International, Inc.||Miami, FL||Sep 24, 2016||$151,480 -
|Senior Project Consultant-Development||Successfactors, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Oct 10, 2016||$148,500|
|Senior Project Consultant, Development||Sap Labs, LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 24, 2016||$139,887 -
|Project Consultant||Consulting & Resources, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Oct 25, 2016||$135,446|
|Project Consultant||Consulting & Resources, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Jul 10, 2016||$135,000|
|Senior Project Consultant-Development||Sap Labs, LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 25, 2016||$126,900 -
|Project Consultant||Consulting & Resources, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Oct 27, 2016||$125,429|
|Functional Oracle Projects Consultant (QA Engineer||APPS Associates, LLC||Acton, MA||Mar 15, 2013||$125,000 -
|SR. Project Consultant||Long Island Electric Utility Servco LLC||Bethpage, NY||May 31, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Project Consultant-Development||Sap Labs, LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 15, 2013||$120,000|
|Project Consultant-Development||Sap Labs, LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 13, 2016||$117,876 -
|Project Consultant||Antuit, Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 09, 2016||$117,000 -
|Lead Project Consultant||Daynine Consulting, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Dec 14, 2015||$106,300|
|Lead Project Consultant||Daynine Consulting, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Jun 13, 2016||$106,184 -
|Senior Project Consultant||Linedata Services, Inc.||Boston, MA||Mar 09, 2013||$105,000 -
|Project Consultant||Antuit Inc.||Frisco, TX||May 02, 2016||$105,000|
|Senior Project Consultant||Success Factors||South San Francisco, CA||Jan 25, 2014||$105,000|
|Project Consultant-Development||Successfactors, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||May 12, 2014||$105,000|
|Project Consultant||Navis, LLC||Miami, FL||Sep 25, 2015||$100,443 -
|Microsoft Project Server Consultant||Microexcel, Inc.||Chesterfield, MO||Aug 22, 2016||$94,000|
|Special Project Consultant 2||U.S. Bank National Association||Saint Paul, MN||Jun 28, 2013||$78,599|
|Project Consultant-Development||Sap America, Inc.||Newtown, PA||Sep 30, 2014||$76,774|
|VP; Operations Project Consultant||Bank of America N.A.||Jacksonville, FL||Aug 28, 2016||$76,000 -
|Internal Project Consultant (A/K/A PMO Project Man||State Street Bank and Trust Company||Boston, MA||Apr 05, 2013||$74,256 -
|Project Consultant (Architect)||Trimble Navigation Limited||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 03, 2016||$73,882 -
|Senior Project Consultant||Ocean Flow International LLC||Houston, TX||Mar 02, 2016||$73,486 -
|Senior Project Consultant||Ocean Flow International LLC||Houston, TX||May 15, 2015||$73,424 -
|Senior Project Consultant||Ocean Flow International LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 08, 2015||$73,424 -
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