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Management Analysts

At a Glance

  • Study and solve organizational problems
  • Have good research and writing skills
  • Sometimes work in teams
  • May work overtime to meet deadlines
  • Deal with clients and their employees
  • Have at least a bachelor's degree, plus work experience

Career summary

Management analysts study problems in organizations. They offer solutions and may help apply their ideas.

Organizations hire management analysts when they have problems that need to be solved. Problems range from reorganizing the corporate structure to setting up a new method to track inventory.

Management analysts begin by collecting, reviewing, and analyzing information. They observe the business to see how work is done. Analysts also:

Management analysts analyze the information they gathered and develop solutions. Analysts consider how similar businesses are run. Analysts also look at how work is assigned. For example, they look at which group of employees is supervised by each manager and how they interact.

Once they have solutions, management analysts report their findings to clients. Some clients want only the reports. Other clients have the analysts apply their solutions. In these situations, analysts work with the employees to make the changes. Analysts may write or edit manuals that explain procedures. They may conduct reviews to check that the procedures are working.

Management analyst is the term used for people who work for government agencies. In business, the term for these workers is management consultant.

Related careers

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Military careers

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to management analysts.

Common work activities

Management analysts perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, management analysts:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Management analysts frequently:

It is important for management analysts to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for management analysts to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Management analysts need to:


Reason and problem solve

Use math and science

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Work with things

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation

Other programs of study to consider


To work as a management analyst, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Management analysts learn their skills through formal training programs. You must have at least a bachelor's degree. Several fields of study provide good preparation for this occupation. Common areas of study are business, management, computer and information science, and engineering. Many analysts have a master's degree in business administration (MBA).

Work experience

This is not an entry-level occupation. Most management analysts have years of work experience in other occupations. You should get experience in management, human resources, information technology, accounting, or other administrative areas.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be management analysts and planners. You need a bachelor's degree to enter this military occupation. Training lasts six to ten weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum may be different from your state's graduation requirements.

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

Many management analysts are self-employed. If you want to run your own business some day, you should consider taking these courses as well:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Educational requirements vary by employer. Employers in private industry prefer to hire analysts who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA). They also prefer applicants who have several years of experience. In contrast, government agencies will hire analysts who have only a bachelor's degree. These agencies usually will pay for analysts to take graduate classes in management analysis.

Employers look for applicants who are motivated and need little supervision. They also look for applicants who have excellent communication and analytical skills. In addition, employers look for applicants who have excellent people skills and can work well on a team.

Management analysts may improve their chances of being hired by becoming certified by the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) listed in the Other Resources section of this description. General certification requirements include: member of IMC, at least three years experience as a full-time management consultant, a bachelor's degree, references from five clients, written summaries and a discussion with a panel of five client assignments, and the ability to pass a code of ethics exam and qualifying interview conducted by senior certified consultants. Those who qualify must renew their certification every three years.

#made minor changes to requirements 3/5/09 cj. For general info go to: http://www.imcusa.org/?CERTWHATCMC (external link) Checked above info 3/2/15 cj, lh 1/28/16 & 11/15/16 cj.


A strong academic record and experience in a related field are important for this type of work.

Costs to workers

Workers usually must wear business attire when working directly with clients. They may also wish to join a professional association, which may have annual dues. Management analysts, who are members of The Institute of Management Consultants and wish to be certified by it, must pay a $350 initial application/assessment fee. The renewal fee is $150 every three years. Other fees may apply. Annual dues vary depending on the application date and class of membership.

#Checked the IMC web site, updated fees, removed admin fee as it only applies if documents are in non-digital format, did not see any info on oral exam entrance fee so removed and added generic fee statement. Lh 5/7/10. Info/fees still the same, 2/9/11, cj. Ok 2/1/12 lh. Ok 3/13/13, 3/2/15, 11/15/16, 4/10/19 cj.

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


Management analysts (SOC 13-1111)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $26.38 $34.05 $47.07 $61.73 $77.94
Monthly $4,572 $5,901 $8,157 $10,698 $13,507
Yearly $54,860 $70,820 $97,910 $128,390 $162,110
    Bellingham Hourly $21.18 $27.14 $40.00 $51.56 $60.18
Monthly $3,670 $4,703 $6,932 $8,935 $10,429
Yearly $44,053 $56,436 $83,198 $107,250 $125,172
    Bremerton-Silverdale Hourly $29.58 $34.70 $41.60 $47.93 $55.65
Monthly $5,126 $6,014 $7,209 $8,306 $9,644
Yearly $61,525 $72,180 $86,524 $99,688 $115,740
    Clarkston-Lewiston Hourly $22.42 $24.75 $26.18 $46.23 $51.45
Monthly $3,885 $4,289 $4,537 $8,012 $8,916
Yearly $46,617 $51,482 $54,450 $96,147 $107,003
    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $25.12 $32.59 $42.18 $49.68 $59.58
Monthly $4,353 $5,648 $7,310 $8,610 $10,325
Yearly $52,235 $67,787 $87,729 $103,337 $123,921
    Longview Hourly $20.01 $21.39 $25.72 $43.64 $56.74
Monthly $3,468 $3,707 $4,457 $7,563 $9,833
Yearly $41,615 $44,477 $53,489 $90,773 $118,021
    Mount Vernon-Anacortes Hourly $28.31 $35.48 $42.59 $49.45 $53.92
Monthly $4,906 $6,149 $7,381 $8,570 $9,344
Yearly $58,872 $73,812 $88,595 $102,851 $112,174
    Olympia-Tumwater Hourly $20.50 $23.77 $28.97 $34.41 $37.08
Monthly $3,553 $4,119 $5,021 $5,963 $6,426
Yearly $42,635 $49,454 $60,260 $71,590 $77,134
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $29.08 $37.85 $51.61 $65.88 $81.87
Monthly $5,040 $6,559 $8,944 $11,417 $14,188
Yearly $60,486 $78,720 $107,357 $137,031 $170,290
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $24.51 $28.81 $37.01 $49.33 $63.64
Monthly $4,248 $4,993 $6,414 $8,549 $11,029
Yearly $50,964 $59,911 $76,985 $102,609 $132,374
    Vancouver Hourly $27.49 $32.27 $40.69 $51.49 $70.98
Monthly $4,764 $5,592 $7,052 $8,923 $12,301
Yearly $57,193 $67,128 $84,641 $107,091 $147,628
    Walla Walla Hourly $21.55 $31.01 $40.75 $49.09 $62.31
Monthly $3,735 $5,374 $7,062 $8,507 $10,798
Yearly $44,824 $64,493 $84,773 $102,119 $129,621
    Wenatchee Hourly $19.54 $22.07 $38.83 $52.74 $60.82
Monthly $3,386 $3,825 $6,729 $9,140 $10,540
Yearly $40,653 $45,908 $80,760 $109,709 $126,498
    Yakima Hourly $21.00 $23.16 $31.38 $42.45 $48.85
Monthly $3,639 $4,014 $5,438 $7,357 $8,466
Yearly $43,681 $48,182 $65,260 $88,282 $101,603
United States Hourly $23.25 $30.05 $40.20 $53.91 $73.44
Monthly $4,029 $5,208 $6,967 $9,343 $12,727
Yearly $48,360 $62,500 $83,610 $112,140 $152,760

Wages vary by employer and area of the country. The analyst's reputation, experience, and ability also affect wages.

Management analysts who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health and life insurance. Some employers also provide a retirement plan. Analysts may receive profit sharing and bonuses for outstanding work. Employers usually pay for all travel costs. Self-employed analysts must provide their own insurance and retirement plan.

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Management Analysts (SOC 13-1111)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 30,058 34.6% 16.1% 5,038
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 198 24.7% 13.4% 28
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 272 22.4% 8.6% 37
    Benton and Franklin Counties 196 15.3% 15.0% 24
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 820 9.5% 11.9% 88
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 829 32.0% 15.2% 134
    Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties 1,742 13.1% 14.1% 201
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 681 37.9% 14.6% 119
    King County 19,699 41.2% 19.6% 3,618
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 278 11.2% 13.8% 30
    Pierce County 1,726 36.1% 15.2% 295
    Snohomish County 2,132 20.7% 12.4% 285
    Spokane County 1,008 27.0% 13.9% 150
United States 876,300 13.5% 5.2% 99,900

National employment

About 18% of management analysts are self-employed.

Major employers:

National outlook

There will be strong growth in this occupation. The demand for management analysts will stem from organizations hiring outside experts to improve their performance. Foreign and domestic competition is forcing US companies to find ways to become more efficient. The government will also hire management analysts to help them become more efficient. Companies will also turn to management analysts to look for ways to be more energy efficient.

Competition will be very strong as this occupation pays well and there are a lot of qualified workers. Those with an advanced degree, a specialization, or fluency in a foreign language will have the best job prospects.

Other resources

American Academy of Financial Management (external link)
1670 F East Cheyenne Mtn Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (external link)
5521 Research Park Drive, Suite 200
Catonsville, MD 21228
Institute of Financial Operations (external link)
149 Terra Mango Loop, Suite B
Orlando, FL 32835
Institute of Management Consultants (external link)
2598 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 2104
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (external link)
3600 Market Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Washington Business Week (external link)
PO Box 1170
Renton, WA 98057


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