Gather statistical data and conduct analysis on complex issues and problems, make recommendations, and share information with the public and government officials. Analysts use tools such as surveys, cost-benefit analysis, and focus groups to evaluate the effectiveness of existing policies and to gauge the possible results of potential policies. Issues cover a wide variety of topics such as education, healthcare, and national defense. Policy analysts typically work for organizations such as think tanks, government agencies, or private entities.
Perform database analysis, financial modeling, general business analysis, research, and generate reports for the client or project team. Actively involved in the application and transfer of specific skills and knowledge to the client. Work is ambiguous and consultants must be able to adapt to changing objectives. Typically work for a firm in the professional services industry on project-based work with an external client.
Use a wide variety of techniques for researching companies, often specializing in a single sector or industry, to make buy and sell recommendations used by traders, portfolio managers, and investors in their decision-making process. Or, work with departments within a company to research and analyze data to make strategic financial recommendations to C-level management.