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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 Latino10.3%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix23.4%
George Washington University6.3%
California State University - Sacramento6.3%
New York University5.7%
University of Maryland - University College4.4%
American InterContinental University4.4%
Oklahoma State University4.4%
University of Tulsa3.8%
University of Houston3.8%
City University of Seattle3.8%
University of Washington3.2%
University of Texas at Arlington3.2%
Athens State University3.2%
Sacramento City College3.2%
Colorado Technical University3.2%
Baruch College of the City University of New York2.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Staff Chief Analyst (Computer and Information Systems)||K1 Operations, LLC||El Segundo, CA||Apr 19, 2016||$160,000|
|Staff Chief Analyst (Computer and Information Systems)||K1 Investment Management, LLC||El Segundo, CA||Apr 19, 2016||$160,000|
|SR. Staff BI Analyst||Seagate Us LLC||Scotts Valley, CA||Jun 02, 2015||$140,000|
|Staff Enterprisewide Analyst||Infinera Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Jun 13, 2016||$131,931 -
|Staff Enterprisewide Analyst||Infinera Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||May 31, 2016||$131,931 -
|Staff BI (Business Intelligence) Analyst||Adaptive Planning, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 26, 2016||$125,000|
|Senior Staff Analyst||American National Insurance Company||League City, TX||Jan 12, 2015||$123,178 -
|SR. Actuarial Staff Analyst||Pacific Life Insurance Company||Newport Beach, CA||Jun 06, 2013||$120,000|
|Staff Analyst, Business Systems||Trinet Hr Corporation||San Mateo, CA||May 12, 2016||$119,642 -
|SR. Staff Analyst||Seagate Us LLC||Oklahoma City, OK||Aug 26, 2016||$118,123|
|SR. Staff Analyst||Seagate Us LLC||Bloomington, MN||Feb 23, 2016||$115,315|
|Staff Analyst||Seagate Us LLC||Oklahoma City, OK||Nov 07, 2014||$115,024|
|Staff Analyst||Seagate Us LLC||Oklahoma City, OK||Jun 15, 2016||$115,003|
|Staff Analyst||Seagate Us LLC||Scotts Valley, CA||Jan 02, 2016||$113,110|
|Staff Analyst/Developer||Dish Network LLC||Denver, CO||Dec 09, 2016||$104,333 -
|Staff BI Analyst||Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 20, 2015||$104,100 -
|Staff Analyst IT||Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC||NJ||Sep 23, 2015||$104,000|
|Staff Analyst IT||Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC||NJ||Jun 28, 2015||$104,000|
|SAP Staff Analyst||Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC||Berkeley, CA||Jan 01, 2016||$103,863|
|Senior Actuarial Staff Analyst||Pacific Life Insurance Company||Newport Beach, CA||Dec 02, 2013||$103,400|
|Staff Analyst/Developer||Dish Network LLC||Englewood, CO||Jun 27, 2016||$103,320|
|Staff Analyst IT||Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC||Pittsburgh, PA||Jul 12, 2015||$103,300|
|Staff Analyst, Engineering Services||Rohr, Inc. D/B/A UTC Aerospace Systems||Chula Vista, CA||Sep 16, 2013||$91,749 -
|Systems Staff Analyst||Seagate Us LLC||Scotts Valley, CA||Jan 02, 2013||$91,624 -
|Staff Analyst||Seagate Us LLC||Scotts Valley, CA||Mar 04, 2013||$91,624 -
|Staff Analyst Developer||Dish Network LLC||Englewood, CO||Mar 01, 2013||$90,646 -
|Staff Analyst/Developer||Echostar Technologies LLC||Englewood, CO||Jun 01, 2013||$90,646 -
|Staff IP Licensing Analyst||Qualcomm Incorporated||San Diego, CA||Apr 27, 2015||$89,190 -
|Staff Analyst||Seagate Us LLC||Scotts Valley, CA||Nov 04, 2013||$89,107 -
|Staff Analyst||Otis Elevator Company||Farmington, CT||Aug 06, 2014||$88,712 -
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