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Management Analysts in Santa Clara County

May also be called: Business Consultants; Business Management Analysts; Employment Programs Analysts; Industrial Analysts; Management Consultants; Program Management Analysts; Quality Control Analysts

What Would I Do?

Businesses rely on Management Analysts to help them stay competitive in a changing world. Management Analysts, frequently referred to as management consultants in the private sector, analyze and propose ways to improve an organization's structure, efficiency, and profits. For example, one company may need a consultant who is an expert in just-in-time inventory management to help improve its inventory-control system, while another may need someone to help reorganize the corporate structure and eliminate nonessential jobs following a business merger or an acquisition.

Management Analysts frequently work more than 40 hours a week, especially when working to meet project deadlines. They usually work in clean, well-lit offices and may split their time between their office and the client’s site, which requires frequent travel.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Management Analyst will appeal to those who enjoy working with ideas, searching for facts, and figuring out problems.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

Salaries for Management Analysts vary widely by years of experience and education, geographic location, sector of expertise, and size of employer. Some may also receive bonuses for outstanding work. About one quarter of Management Analysts are self-employed and work on a contract basis.

The median wage in 2021 for Management Analysts in California was $88,502 annually, or $42.55 hourly. The median wage for Management Analysts in San Benito and Santa Clara Counties was $112,380 annually, or $54.03 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Annual Wages for 2021Low
(25th percentile)
(50th percentile)
(75th percentile)
San Benito and Santa Clara Counties$86,581$112,380$139,181
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Most employers offer benefit packages that include health and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, and retirement plans. Some may also offer profit sharing plans. Self-employed management consultants can demand high fees, but need to provide for their own health insurance and retirement.

What is the Job Outlook?

Strong competition is expected for Management Analyst jobs. Since this is an attractive field with high earnings potential, employers have a good pool from which to select potential candidates.

How Do I Qualify?

Entry requirements for Management Analysts vary. A bachelor's degree is sufficient for some entry-level positions, while a master's degree, specialized experience, or both is required for higher-level positions.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. To locate potential employers, applicants can peruse The Consultants and Consulting Organizations Directory, a resource that lists consulting firms and independent consultants, available at most libraries. Management Analysts can find jobs through referrals, networking with others in the occupation, and professional associations as well as browsing newspaper classified ads and Internet job listings. College students can register with school placement offices and participate in summer internships. Those interested in civil service jobs should contact federal, State, county, and city personnel offices or visit their Web sites. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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