Also called: Business Analyst, Management Analyst, Management Consultant, Principal Consultant
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Developing better ways to deliver a service… organize employees… or reach out to customers… management analysts— also called management consultants— advise organizations on how to become more efficient and profitable. Management analysts start by gathering and analyzing information about the problem they are hired to solve. They may conduct interviews, observe processes, and explore a variety of data to decide on the best approach. Based on what they learn, management analysts write reports and make presentations to share their findings and recommend solutions. To ensure success, they follow up once new practices or ideas are implemented. Most management analysts work as consultants on contract with a company for a particular project, writing a proposal to compete for the job, then moving to a new company or project when it’s complete. They generally specialize in a subject area, an industry, or type of government agency. Management analysts often work on tight deadlines, and may travel to their clients. Many work in management and technical consulting organizations, the finance and insurance industry, and government. A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level jobs, along with several years’ experience in IT, human resources, or management. Majors in business, economics, political science, psychology, English, or computer science may all be appropriate. Some positions require a MBA.
What they do:Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
On the job, you would:
- Document findings of study and prepare recommendations for implementation of new systems, procedures, or organizational changes.
- Interview personnel and conduct on-site observation to ascertain unit functions, work performed, and methods, equipment, and personnel used.
- Analyze data gathered and develop solutions or alternative methods of proceeding.
- customer service
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Education and Training
- teaching and course design
Math and Science
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- reading work related information
People and Technology Systems
- measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
- thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- listen and understand what people say
- communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
- make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
- notice when problems happen
People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Analytical Thinking
You might use software like this on the job:
Web platform development software
Data base user interface and query software
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- Clinical Research Coordinators
- Education Administrators, Postsecondary
- Financial Analysts
- Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
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