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Management Analysts
Management analysts, often referred to as management consultants in private industry, analyze and propose ways to improve an organization's structure, efficiency, or profits.
The Job
Management analysts might be single practitioners or part of large international organizations employing thousands of other consultants.Some analysts and consultants specialize in a specific industry, such as health care or telecommunications, while others specialize by type of business function, such as human resources, marketing, logistics, or information systems. In government, management analysts tend to specialize by type of agency.
Work Environment
Management analysts usually divide their time between their offices and the client's site. In either situation, much of an analyst's time is spent indoors in clean, well-lit offices.
College Majors
master's degree in business administration or a related discipline.
Minimum Qualifications
Entry requirements for management analysts vary. For some entry-level positions, a bachelor's degree is sufficient. For others, a master's degree, specialized expertise, or both is required.
Personality traits helpful for this career
The ability to work in teams also is an important attribute as consulting teams become more common.
Quick Facts
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  • About 27 percent, over three times the average for all occupations, are self-employed.
  • A bachelor's degree is sufficient for many entry-level government jobs; many positions in private industry require a master's degree, specialized expertise, or both.
Compensation and Outlook
Salaries for management analysts vary widely by years of experience and education, geographic location, specific expertise, and size of employer. Generally, management analysts employed in large firms or in metropolitan areas have the highest salaries. Median annual wages of wage and salary management analysts in May 2008 were $73,570. The middle 50 percent earned between $54,890 and $99,700. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $41,910 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $133,850
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