Process Improvement Specialist: Job Description & Career Info

Process improvement specialists may also be known as quality improvement specialist, data outcomes specialist, quality assurance specialist, process improvement analyst, or performance improvement specialist. Read on to learn about the duties, training, salary and employment outlook to see if this is the occupation for you.

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Career Definition for a Process Improvement Specialist

A process improvement specialist serves as a consultant to a business or organization, evaluating, planning, and implementing improvements in business processes and practices. Other aspects of the job can include team building and group facilitation, compiling and tracking data, and preparing training materials. A process improvement specialist has to be well trained in hardware and software applications.

Education Bachelor's degree in business administration or law required as a minimum, master's or Juris Doctor recommended
Job Skills Communication, technical writing, software knowledge, government security clearance
Median Salary (2016)* $79,550 for process improvement managers, $65,827 for performance improvement specialists

Source: *Payscale

Required Education

This career can straddle multiple industries, which is why only a bachelor's degree is required; however, a master's or Juris Doctor is sometimes required. Business administration and law degrees can support careers in this field.

Skills Required

The skills required for a process improvement specialist can vary by company and industry, but it generally helps to have strong analytical, oral communication, and technical writing abilities, as well as flexibility and proficiency with computer hardware and software. Required knowledge of specific computer programs varies. Some applicants need to obtain government security clearance.

Career and Economic Outlook

According to PayScale.com, the median annual salary for a performance improvement specialist was $65,287 as of January 2016. At that same time, the median annual salary for the upper-level position of process improvement manager was $79,550.

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