Policy Analyst Skills

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Here's a list of skills employers seek in the candidates they hire for policy analyst jobs to use in resumes and cover letters, and at job interviews.

Skills will vary based on the position for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Policy Analyst Skills

A - H

  • Abiding by Deadlines
  • Analyzing Data Sets Related to Public Policy
  • Analyzing Proposed Legislation
  • Assertiveness
  • Calculating Costs for Implementing Policies
  • Carrying Out Qualitative Research 
  • Collaborating 
  • Composing Issue Papers
  • Composing Talking Points for Senior Staff
  • Conducting Cost-Benefit Analyses of Existing Policies
  • Conducting Quantitative Research Regarding Policy Issues
  • Cultivating Relationships with Stakeholders 
  • Decision Making
  • Delivering Presentations Regarding Policy Proposals
  • Detail Orientation
  • Drafting Language for Legislation

I - R

  • Interviewing Experts to Extract Information Regarding Policies
  • Learning Quickly
  • Mathematical
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Multitasking
  • Organizational
  • Persuasive
  • PowerPoint
  • Preparing Presentations Regarding Policy Proposals
  • Prioritizing
  • Problem Solving 
  • Proposing Modifications to Taxation
  • Reading and Comprehending Complex Materials

S - Z

  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • Statistical
  • Synthesizing Large Volumes of Information
  • Taking Initiative
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Tracking Trends with Assigned Policy Issues
  • Translating Complex Concepts into Clear Messages
  • Verbal Communication
  • Working Independently
  • Writing Recommendations for Policy Initiatives 
  • Writing Research Papers

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