Policy Analyst

Advanced Analytics Associate, Analytics Consultant, Business Analyst, Decision Support Analyst   More Names
Operations Research Director, Operations Specialist, Optimization Analyst, Policy Advisor, Policy Officer, Risk Analyst, Sales Operations Analyst, Security Operations Analyst, SOC Analyst (Security Operations Center Analyst), Standards Analyst, Technical Analyst

Policy analysts are responsible for handling federal and local issues that are critical to public transportation. They conduct wide-ranging public transportation-related research, and may be expected to perform legislative analysis and assist in the tracking of funding coming from federal programs, as well as writing policy briefs that summarize complex legislative issues. They may make presentations to internal or external audiences.

Policy analysts help develop and support government relationships and awareness and support of public transit, working and interacting with local public officials and local offices of congressional delegations. They prepare and maintain written and oral scripts, reports, and information for management and employees. They organize and solicit speaking engagements with government officials.

They promote goodwill within government affected by transit projects and service revisions. They provide government with interpretation of projects and service revisions. They implement government involvement action plans related to major investment studies and other capital improvement projects. They facilitate two-way flow of concerns and suggestions from government back to the transit agency.

Policy analysts work in an office environment, and should have excellent written and verbal communication skills; the ability to be flexible and prioritize tasks; and have good quantitative policy, funding analysis and computer skills. Some employers accept an associate's degree or a two year college or technical school certification, though many prefer a bachelor's or master's degree and three to four years of experience in a political, government relations, community action, public relations, or a similar environment. Click on the "get qualified" tab above to see available educational programs in your area.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
30% - Much faster than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $57,400 - $105,410    Hourly: $28 - $51

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

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Typical Education:

Master's and Above (High School + 6 or more Years)
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Percent Job Growth:

30% - Much faster than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $57,400 - $105,410

Hourly: $28 - $51