Do you ever look at a problem and think, "I can help fix this!"


If so, you might be an aspiring policy analyst!

What do they do?

Policy analysts research and provide advice on current issues to someone in a position of authority. They help determine the direction of organizations and governments.


Your daily activities will depend on your field and workplace, but all policy analysts do a few key things:

  • Research current and historical issues

  • Meet with project teams, managers, and people or groups interested in their project (these are called "stakeholders")

  • Write reports, policies, or briefs to advise managers on what they should do with a certain problem

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Where Do Policy Analysts Work?

Public Service vs. Private Sector

You can choose to work in government (as a public servant) or in a private business.

  • Government: you will often work in a ministry or government agency, providing policy support to managers or even ministers

  • Private sector: you will likely provide policy support to managers or members of the board that run the business A large building, and a government chamber

Generalist vs. Specialist

  • Generalists work on a variety of problems that may not require advanced knowledge

  • Specialists focus on only one area that requires advanced knowledge — for example, a medical doctor might work on health policy or an economist on economic policy

How Much Money Do Policy Analysts Make?

Canada $54k - $95k (CAD)/year

Flaticon Icon $50k - $81k (USD)/year

What Would Make Me Right/Wrong For The Job?

Flaticon Icon A good fit if you:

  • love to research and discover new things

  • love to write reports and present your solutions to problems

  • want to use your research to make a positive change

  • are passionate about serving the public or an organization

Flaticon Icon Maybe not for you if:

  • you aren't a fan of reading or writing

  • you aren't comfortable giving advice to your boss

  • you aren't interested in current events


You should consider being a policy analyst if you:

Do I Need A Degree?

  • Almost all policy analyst jobs require a university degree

  • As a generalist, many policy analysts have a Bachelor or Master of Arts in business, political science, or public policy

  • As a specialist, you may also be required to have a degree in a specific area — for example, a public health policy analyst may need to be a medical doctor (M.D.)

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This is something you will have to research before you select your degree path, as it will be slightly different for each employer.

Take Action

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Here are a few things you can do if you want to become a policy analyst:


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