What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Provides expertise on government policy in a particular area. Gathers background information on issues and tracks legislative initiatives. Works with or advises elected officials, non-profit organizations on interest groups involved with the legislative process.
There were 0 Policy Analyst job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8759 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Policy Analyst industry, which includes the Policy Analyst career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Policy Analyst jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $77,908.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $69,226.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Policy Analyst postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $62,344.
Education and Experience
Posted Policy Analyst jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Policy Analyst jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||27%|
|3 to 5 years||46%|
|6 to 8 years||15%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Policy Analyst positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Research (59%)
- Communication Skills (47%)
- Writing (42%)
- Planning (32%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (31%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Policy Analysis (47%)
- Budgeting (27%)
- Project Management (21%)
- Policy Development (19%)
- Policy Research (12%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Vaccination (17%)
- Public Health and Safety (14%)
- Public administration (13%)
- Staff Management (13%)
- Strategic Planning (10%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Local Government (4%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Energy Policy (1%) – marginal value $11,538
- Budget Analysis (2%) – marginal value $8,308
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Policy Analyst skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Deputy Director
- Senior Policy Analyst
- Policy Advisor
- Legislative Analyst
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
Here are the employers that have posted the most Policy Analyst jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- University Of California (181)
- Healthedge (160)
- SAIC (81)
- Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (62)
- State of New York (59)
- State North Carolina (10)
- North Carolina General Assembly (10)
- Duke University (10)
- Rti International (7)
- University of North Carolina (6)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!
- Agricultural and Extension Education Master's Degrees
- Agricultural and Extension Education Graduate Certificates
- Agricultural Leadership Undergraduate Certificates
- Climate Adaptation Graduate Certificates
- Education for Agricultural Professionals Teacher Licensure
- Leadership in Agriculture and Human Sciences Graduate Certificates