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Working As A Survey 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

  • $99,130

    Average Salary

What Does A Survey 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 Survey 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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Survey Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

51.5%

Female

46.1%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

74.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Asian

9.0%

Unknown

3.5%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.5%

French

10.3%

German

6.9%

Russian

6.9%

Italian

6.9%

Portuguese

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Mandarin

3.4%

Dakota

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Greek

3.4%

Hawaiian

3.4%

Hindi

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Croatian

3.4%
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Survey Analyst Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

10.9%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

6.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.5%

George Mason University

6.5%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.3%

University of Florida

4.3%

Eastern Washington University

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

University of Kentucky

4.3%

San Francisco State University

4.3%

Boston College

4.3%

University of Louisville

4.3%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

California State University - Fresno

4.3%

Columbia Southern University

4.3%

Palomar College

4.3%

Johns Hopkins University

4.3%

DePaul University

4.3%

Wake Technical Community College

4.3%
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Majors

Business

17.9%

Counseling Psychology

7.7%

Economics

6.8%

Psychology

6.8%

Geography

6.0%

Education

5.1%

Communication

5.1%

Marketing

5.1%

Political Science

4.3%

Accounting

4.3%

Fine Arts

3.4%

General Studies

3.4%

Elementary Education

3.4%

Management

3.4%

History

3.4%

Mathematics

3.4%

Anthropology

2.6%

Computer Science

2.6%

Statistics

2.6%

Surveying Engineering

2.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.9%

Masters

30.1%

Other

18.7%

Doctorate

6.2%

Certificate

4.8%

Associate

3.3%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real Survey Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Surveyor, Syndicate Analyst Citadel LLC New York, NY Mar 11, 2014 $135,000 -
$225,000
Surveyor, Syndicate Analyst Citadel LLC New York, NY Nov 03, 2014 $135,000 -
$225,000
Survey Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2011 $95,000
Survey Analyst Puroast Coffee Company, Inc. Weston, FL Jul 06, 2015 $72,654
Surveying and Mapping Analyst M & G Civil Engineering & Land Surveying, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Jul 06, 2016 $65,166
Survey Analyst Naik Consulting Group, P.C. New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $63,960
Analyst-Survey Insights Comscore, Inc. Reston, VA Aug 25, 2016 $60,000
Survey Analyst Comscore, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 29, 2016 $60,000
Senior Survey Analyst Cervantes & Associates, P.C. Chantilly, VA Sep 22, 2013 $52,071
Senior Survey Analyst Cervantes & Associates P.C. Chantilly, VA Sep 17, 2010 $49,920
Senior Survey Analyst Cervantes & Associates P.C. Chantilly, VA Sep 22, 2010 $49,920
Transportation Survey Analyst The Louis Berger Group, Inc. New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $48,173 -
$64,000
Employee Survey Analyst Towers Watson Pennsylvania Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2011 $48,000
Survey Analyst Watson Wyatt Data Services Inc. Rochelle Park, NJ Sep 15, 2010 $45,000 -
$55,000
Survey Analyst Dsfederal Inc. Rockville, MD Mar 05, 2016 $43,347

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Top Skills for A Survey Analyst

Survey/EvaluationDataSurveyResultsDataCollectionProceduresPersonnelSatisfactionDataAnalysisToolsBoundaryPowerpointSpssCustomerServiceGPSLegalDescriptionsHumanResourcesStatisticalAnalysisMarketResearchGISSASEnsureComplianceCommunicationSkillsPreliminaryRecommendationsSurveyQuestions

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Top Survey Analyst Skills

  1. Survey/Evaluation Data
  2. Survey Results
  3. Data Collection Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Incorporate survey/evaluation data into metrics reports.
  • Checked natural gas lines for leaks using special instrumentation and generated reports on survey results.
  • Supervised survey crews on boundary and construction projects.
  • Maintained project repository and created PowerPoint presentations.
  • Trained coworkers in construction of codes and usage of SPSS Text Analysis.

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