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Working As a Subject Matter Expert

  • 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

  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Subject Matter Expert 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 Subject Matter Expert

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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Subject Matter Expert Career Paths

Subject Matter Expert
Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Development Manager
Senior Business Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Case Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Operations Manager Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Account Manager Business Development Manager
Proposal Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Analyst Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Production Manager Processing Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Property Manager Asset Manager
Vending Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Resource Analyst 3.1 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Management Analyst 3.0 years
Process Analyst 2.7 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Expert 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Subject Matter Expert
Consultant 7.2%
Manager 5.6%
Instructor 4.8%
Cashier 4.6%
Supervisor 4.1%
Internship 3.8%
Analyst 3.2%
Top Careers After Subject Matter Expert
Team Leader 10.2%
Consultant 9.4%
Manager 5.2%
Supervisor 4.4%
Instructor 3.6%
Analyst 3.0%
Owner 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$95,000
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$68,000
Min 10%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$132,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BP America
Highest Paying City
Austin, TX
Highest Paying State
New Hampshire
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Subject Matter Expert make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Subject Matter Expert in the United States is $95,213 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $132,000.

Real Subject Matter Expert Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Consultant and Subject Matter Expert Maxisit, Inc. Metuchen, NJ Jan 11, 2016 $240,000
Supply Chain Subject Matter Expert Execution Specialists Group LLC Boca Raton, FL Jun 25, 2015 $208,700
Subject Matter Expert Axon Solutions, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 19, 2016 $184,751
Subject Matter Expert Axon Solutions, Inc. Alexandria, VA Jan 23, 2016 $179,176
Subject Matter Expert Axon Solutions, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 09, 2016 $179,176
Subject Matter Expert Axon Solutions, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Jul 14, 2015 $179,176
Subject Matter Expert Axon Solutions, Inc. Rolling Meadows, IL Apr 06, 2016 $179,176
Subject Matter Expert Axon Solutions, Inc. Savannah, GA Aug 21, 2015 $179,176
Subject Matter Expert Axon Solutions, Inc. Golden, CO Jan 03, 2016 $177,644
Subject Matter Expert Axon Solutions, Inc. Edison, NJ Jul 23, 2015 $168,793
Subject Matter Expert Starry Associates, Inc. Rockville, MD Apr 16, 2015 $141,500
Application Subject Matter Expert IV Farmers Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 14, 2016 $138,550
Subject Matter Expert PMO Symphony Corporation Linthicum, MD Jul 15, 2016 $133,046
Application Subject Matter Expert III Farmers Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 10, 2015 $116,000
Application Subject Matter Expert III Farmers Group, Inc. Simi Valley, CA Jan 26, 2015 $116,000
Application Subject Matter Expert III Farmers Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 26, 2015 $116,000
Application Subject Matter III Farmers Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jun 09, 2016 $115,000
Application Subject Matter Expert III Farmers Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 22, 2016 $115,000
Subject Matter Expert-Lead Automation Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 02, 2015 $115,000 -
$135,000
Application Subject Matter Expert II Farmers Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 20, 2016 $115,000
Application Subject Matter Expert II Farmers Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 16, 2016 $114,837
SAP Specialist Subject Matter Expert BP America Inc. Whiting, IN Dec 16, 2015 $103,600
Application Subject Matter Expert II Farmers Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 02, 2015 $103,000
GPP Systems Engineer/Subject Matter Expert Fundtech Corporation Pittsburgh, PA May 20, 2016 $101,899
Application Subject Matter II (Financial Applications) Farmers Group, Inc. Wilmington, DE Dec 05, 2016 $101,525
Application Subject Matter Expert I Farmers Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 25, 2016 $101,000
Subject Matter Expert (SME) II (SAS Statistical Programming) Quanticate Inc. Wake Forest, NC Oct 17, 2016 $100,500
Application Subject Matter Expert II Farmers Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 21, 2016 $100,296
Application Subject Matter Expert Farmers Group, Inc. Wilmington, DE Jan 01, 2015 $100,040

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Top Skills for A Subject Matter Expert

  1. Subject Matter
  2. SME
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lead F-15C Test Engineer/Subject Matter Expert supporting several domestic and international F-15 aircrew trainer development programs and Distributed Mission Operations.
  • Developed requirements, performed system and hardware testing, performed assessments on elevators, escalators, and chairlift related equipment.
  • Focused primarily on achieving excellent customer service by leading process improvement activities, process and product optimization strategies and technology development.
  • Identified and coordinated the safety and quality resources needed and assigned individual responsibilities to ensure compliance with the contract requirements.
  • Develop high-level solutions design based on business requirements; researched available technologies; monitored comparable external solutions; recommended design solutions.

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Subject Matter Expert Demographics

Gender

Male

56.7%

Female

34.1%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

10.1%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.2%

French

10.8%

Arabic

10.6%

German

4.3%

Chinese

3.4%

Dari

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Italian

2.9%

Mandarin

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Persian

2.2%

Korean

2.0%

Hindi

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Croatian

1.3%

Filipino

1.3%

Bosnian

0.9%

Kurdish

0.9%
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Subject Matter Expert Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.2%

Strayer University

7.3%

University of Maryland - University College

5.8%

Community College of the Air Force

5.8%

American University

5.5%

Capella University

5.1%

George Washington University

4.0%

George Mason University

3.7%

Ashford University

3.6%

Webster University

3.4%

Liberty University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Walden University

3.3%

Texas A&M University

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.1%

The Academy

3.0%

Kaplan University

3.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.9%

University of Arizona

2.7%

Troy University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

28.5%

Computer Science

8.8%

Management

6.3%

Computer Information Systems

4.9%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Accounting

4.7%

Information Technology

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Finance

3.6%

Psychology

3.6%

Communication

3.2%

Project Management

3.1%

Nursing

3.1%

Education

3.0%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Human Resources Management

2.5%

Political Science

2.3%

Marketing

2.2%

General Studies

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.1%

Masters

25.6%

Other

18.2%

Associate

9.0%

Doctorate

4.8%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.2%
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