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Management Consultant (Analyst)

Overview: Management consultants/analysts examine business operating procedures to identify problems in work and job design within an organization and propose new methods to improve efficiency. They compare the costs and benefits of different work methods and management decision processes.
Duties: They identify those forces in an organization that interfere with efficient operations and employee productivity. They survey both employees and management to identify problem sources.

They statistically analyze performance data in each department and propose changes in work design and management methods. They conduct experiments to evaluate new job designs and work methods.

They implement changes in the organization's communication channels and decision making structure. They introduce computer software systems to improve the flow of information.

Design and implement Total Quality Management (TQM) programs enabling employees to identify and resolve their own work problems. They design new skills training programs where needed.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of management consultants is expected to grow faster than the average through 2018. Job growth is projected in very large consulting firms with international expertise and in smaller consulting firms that specialize in specific areas, such as biotechnology, healthcare, information technology, human resources, engineering, and marketing. More consultants will also be needed in the public sector as government agencies seek to improve efficiency.
Starting Salary: Management analyst positions in government agencies earn less.
Salary Range (National Average): $40,000 to $45,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A master's degree in business administration or management information systems is preferred by most management consulting firms which are the primary employers for this occupation. Those with a bachelor's degree are often hired in research associate positions. Studies in mathematics, statistics, and computer applications are essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.