What does a Policy Analyst do?

A policy analyst is responsible for examining the efficacy of existing policies and laying out the groundwork for new programs and legislation to meet objectives and goals. Duties of the position include reviewing and amending policy drafts and proposing suggestions to improve the effects of existing policies. Policy analysts also work closely with stakeholders to determine the goals and objectives of policies. Depending on the industry, a policy analyst may progress into a directorial or executive role.

A bachelor's degree in a related field is the minimum educational requirements to be a policy analyst. In some specialized areas of work, master's degrees in the field are preferred. Some policy analysts also obtain a legal degree due to the need to understand legal aspects affecting policy creation and changes. Good candidates for this position often possess an excellent understanding of the industry and market conditions and have strong analytical and organizational skills.

  • Review and evaluate legislation and policies
  • Determine the benefits and drawbacks of existing policies
  • Propose suggestions to improve the effects of policies
  • Identify legal flaws in policies and recommend amendments
  • Edit and amend policy drafts as required
  • Liaise with stakeholders to determine needs and goals of policies
  • Gather data and produce reports on the qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Analyze market trends and conditions
  • Master's degree in a related field preferred
  • Working knowledge of the legal aspects affecting policies
  • Excellent understanding of the relevant industry and market conditions
  • High organizational and time-management skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal and social skills
  • Exceptional team player with a strong ability to contribute positively to a team environment
  • Able to sit in front of a computer screen for long hours at a time

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
12%
2 - 4
39%
5 - 7
27%
8+
22%

Common Skill Sets

Graduate Degree
Incident Response
Security Clearance
AML
MS EXCEL
Interpersonal and Communication
Microsoft EXCEL
Elk Stack

Policy Analyst Seniority Levels

Analyst
8% made the transition
Campaign Manager
23% made the transition
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Policy Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

$73,530 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$55K
Median: $74K
$99K
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