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Working As A Staff 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

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff 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 Staff 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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Staff Analyst Career Paths

Staff Analyst
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Controller
Controller, Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Director Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Accountant Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Business Development Manager
Proposal Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Supervisor Logistics Manager
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Business Development Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Manager Processing Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Logistics Manager Planning Manager
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Property Manager Asset Manager
Vending Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 4.0 years
Principal Analyst 3.4 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Resource Analyst 3.1 years
Management Analyst 3.0 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Control Analyst 3.0 years
Planning Analyst 2.9 years
Program Analyst 2.9 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Process Analyst 2.7 years
Purchase Analyst 2.7 years
Associate Analyst 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Staff Analyst
Analyst 7.6%
Internship 5.3%
Accountant 4.2%
Supervisor 3.6%
Consultant 3.2%
Top Careers After Staff Analyst
Consultant 7.3%
Manager 6.7%
Analyst 4.6%
Director 3.6%
Accountant 3.3%
Supervisor 2.9%

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Staff Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

48.7%

Male

41.6%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

10.0%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.8%

French

7.2%

Portuguese

7.2%

German

7.2%

Russian

4.3%

Korean

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Swedish

1.4%

Icelandic

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Gujarati

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Danish

1.4%

Hungarian

1.4%

Turkish

1.4%

Norwegian

1.4%

Armenian

1.4%

Filipino

1.4%
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Staff Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.6%

California State University - Sacramento

9.8%

George Washington University

5.4%

University of Washington

5.4%

National University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

New York University

4.4%

University of California - Davis

4.4%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

Oklahoma State University

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

University of Tulsa

2.8%

Villanova University

2.8%

California State University - East Bay

2.8%

Baruch College of the City University of New York

2.8%

University of La Verne

2.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.8%

California State University - Fresno

2.8%

University of Southern California

2.8%

San Jose State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

33.5%

Accounting

11.3%

Finance

7.0%

Computer Science

5.7%

Management

4.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.8%

Project Management

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

Public Administration

3.2%

Marketing

3.0%

Human Resources Management

2.9%

Communication

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

Law

2.4%

Political Science

2.0%

Economics

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

History

1.5%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.1%

Masters

31.0%

Other

12.8%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

5.2%

Doctorate

3.5%

Diploma

0.4%
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Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Staff Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Staff Analyst in the United States is $78,946 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $54,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $115,000.

Real Staff Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Chief Analyst (Computer and Information Systems) K1 Investment Management, LLC El Segundo, CA Apr 19, 2016 $160,000
Staff Chief Analyst (Computer and Information Systems) K1 Operations, 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 May 31, 2016 $131,931 -
$157,200
Staff Enterprisewide Analyst Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jun 13, 2016 $131,931 -
$157,200
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 -
$144,963
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 -
$185,000
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-Project Manager IT and Computer Science Exacta Corporation Madison, WI Jan 08, 2016 $114,400
Staff Analyst/Developer Dish Network LLC Denver, CO Dec 09, 2016 $104,333 -
$126,000
Staff BI Analyst Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 20, 2015 $104,100 -
$111,500
Staff Analyst IT Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC NJ Jun 28, 2015 $104,000
Staff Analyst IT Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC NJ Sep 23, 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 -
$119,815
Systems Staff Analyst Seagate Us LLC Scotts Valley, CA Jan 02, 2013 $91,624 -
$110,000
Staff Analyst Seagate Us LLC Scotts Valley, CA Mar 04, 2013 $91,624 -
$118,019
Staff Analyst, IT System Design, DEV., Analy., Global HR IT United Technologies Corporation Farmington, CT Dec 27, 2016 $91,603 -
$100,000
Staff Analyst Developer Dish Network LLC Englewood, CO Mar 01, 2013 $90,646 -
$115,100
Staff Analyst/Developer Echostar Technologies LLC Englewood, CO Jun 01, 2013 $90,646 -
$108,000
Staff IP Licensing Analyst Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Apr 27, 2015 $89,190 -
$128,500

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  • Facilitated communication and maintained updates on the BORIS database system, thereby meeting critical deadlines and milestones.
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