Policy Analysts

Policy Analyst Discusses Proposal

Policy analysts research complex problems, recommend solutions, and work to influence social and political decisions. They are employed by think tanks, government agencies, trade associations, colleges and universities, and corporations. Policy analysts are also known as policy experts, policy fellows, and policy researchers. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Policy Experts, Policy Fellows, Policy Researchers
Duties Research and analyze complex problems, recommend solutions, and work to influence social and political decisions
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in Washington, D.C., state capitals, and other large cities
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Government
  • History
  • Sociology
Experience Several years’ related experience in the policy field
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
  • Research
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Government agencies may require background checks
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Politician or Think Tank Executive Director
  • Research Director
  • Policy Analyst
  • Program Analyst