Sales analysts interpret past transaction records and forecast future business trends, then utilize this information to create more effective sales programs. Those interested in the analysis and prediction of consumer trends may wish to consider schools with economics, business administration or marketing degree programs.
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Schools With Business, Marketing or Economics Programs
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|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||Undergraduate $49,536; Graduate $31,068|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate: $46,704; Graduate: $46,400|
|University of California--Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||Undergraduate: In-state $13,431; Out-of-state $38,139; Graduate: In-state $11,220; Out-of state $26,322|
|University of Michigan--Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate: In-state $13,856; Out-of-state $43,476; Graduate: In-state $20,638; Out-of state $41,688|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||Undergraduate $47,750; Graduate $38,592|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate: In-state $15,192; Out-of-state $44,365; Graduate: In-state $14,518; Out-of state $24,316|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate $50,665; Graduate $40,625|
|University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate: In-state $8,591; Out-of-state $33,673; Graduate: In-state $9,143; Out-of state $26,354|
|University of Texas--Austin||Austin, TX||4 year, Public||Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate: In-state $9,806; Out-of-state $34,676; Graduate: In-state $10,934; Out-of state $20,762|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate $49,116; Graduate $29,500|
|Indiana University--Bloomington||Bloomington, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate: In-state $10,388; Out-of-state $33,741; Graduate: In-state $8,442; Out-of state $26,812|
|University of Notre Dame||Notre Dame, IN||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate $47,929; Graduate $47,300|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||Undergraduate $50,277; Graduate $39,984|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are several things to consider when choosing a sales analyst program.
- Look for programs that include training in data and sales analysis, including bachelor's degrees in economics, marketing, business administration or interdisciplinary studies.
- Find schools that include research opportunities for valuable hands-on training.
- Not all schools offer the same programs at undergraduate and graduate levels; it is important to determine if you want to study economics, business administration or marketing and make sure the school you choose has programs at all levels of study you plan to pursue.
- Economics majors interested in a sales analyst career should select a program that includes classes in human behavior and historic sales trends.
Economics Degree Programs
Students can pursue either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics. B.A. degree programs often include more social science and literature courses, while B.S. degree programs require more natural science courses.
Business Degree Programs
Bachelor's degree programs in business administration often incorporate both economics and marketing courses into the curricula. Students can gain additional specialized training through elective courses.
Marketing Degree Programs
Students enrolled in bachelor's degree or master's degree programs in marketing study customer behavior, public relations and marketing communications. Some bachelor's degree programs in marketing place an emphasis on quantitative marketing analysis and planning. Additionally, graduate programs may provide opportunities to work on team projects for actual corporate clients.
A career in sales analysis can be pursued with an educational background in business administration, economics or marketing. Programs range from undergraduate certificate studies to doctoral degrees, and are available at many postsecondary institutions.