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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 Phoenix20.1%
Michigan State University5.8%
Pennsylvania State University5.5%
University of Texas at Arlington4.4%
University of Texas at Austin4.4%
University of Houston4.4%
More Tech Institute4.4%
American InterContinental University4.0%
University of Georgia4.0%
Georgia State University3.6%
University of Washington3.6%
George Washington University3.3%
University of Texas at Dallas3.3%
Texas A&M University3.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Solution Consultant Senior Staff||Juniper Networks (Us), Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 04, 2016||$170,000|
|Principal Solutions Consultant||Guidance Software, Inc.||Pasadena, CA||Dec 15, 2016||$170,000|
|Solutions Consultant||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 08, 2016||$165,000|
|Solutions Consultant||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 30, 2015||$160,000|
|Director Solution Consulting (DIR, Solutions & Tech)||Tibco Software, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$159,182|
|Manager, Solutions Consultant||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 17, 2016||$156,250|
|Director, Solution Consulting (DIR, Solutions & Tech)||Tibco Software, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 15, 2016||$156,200|
|Ad Serving Solutions Consultant||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2016||$155,606|
|Manager, Solutions Consultant||Medallia, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2016||$150,000|
|Solutions Consultant||Cloudera||Palo Alto, CA||Mar 28, 2016||$150,000|
|Package Solution Consultant||IBM Corporation||Houston, TX||Jun 01, 2015||$149,156|
|Demonstration Excellence Solutions Consultant||Netsuite||San Mateo, CA||May 15, 2015||$145,933|
|Package Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Dearborn, MI||Jan 14, 2016||$94,692|
|Solutions Consultant||Sys-Tech Solutions, Inc.||Princeton, NJ||Nov 09, 2016||$94,640|
|ADS Solutions Consultant||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 29, 2016||$94,354|
|Package Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||San Francisco, CA||Jun 30, 2016||$94,197|
|Package Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Warren, NJ||Oct 01, 2015||$94,124|
|Package Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Piscataway, NJ||Sep 07, 2016||$94,124|
|Package Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||East Hanover, NJ||Feb 09, 2016||$94,124|
|Package Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||East Hanover, NJ||Jul 21, 2016||$94,124|
|Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Piscataway, NJ||Aug 11, 2015||$82,268 -
|Package Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Bridgewater, NJ||Feb 01, 2015||$82,268 -
|Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Piscataway, NJ||Sep 16, 2015||$82,268 -
|Package Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Piscataway, NJ||Aug 04, 2015||$82,268 -
|Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Piscataway, NJ||Aug 01, 2015||$82,268 -
|Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Piscataway, NJ||Jul 29, 2015||$82,268 -
|Package Solution Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Collegeville, PA||Jan 01, 2016||$82,187 -
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