Policy analysts review and analyze political and social events, raise public awareness of issues and shape government or organizational policy. They may specialize in areas such as: education, health, national defence, public finance, international trade, industrial organization, international relations, energy, environment, labour, urban and regional development or agriculture. (alis) They are employed by a range of organizations, including: municipal, provincial and federal government departments and agencies; private industry; hospitals; educational institutions; consulting establishments; professional associations; research institutes; non-government organizations; and international organizations; or they may be self-employed (NOC).
Policy analysts may move across areas and between specialty fields throughout their career. Some positions may require specific knowledge and experience. The page below includes information about policy analysis generally, with an overview of some areas. Please select the links to the right for more detailed occupational information about a specific field - i.e. Economic Policy Analyst.
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
Some entry-level policy analyst positions may require only a bachelor's degree, but professional advancement often requires a master's or doctoral degree. A wide range of majors can prepare a person for a career as a policy analyst, but common fields of study include political science, sociology, economics, law, public policy and international relations. (alis)
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Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration - Member Schools
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration - Accredited Programs (U.S.)
Information for foreign-trained professionals - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
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Government Employees' Master Agreement (select "Social Sciences" - classified as "PM") - Manitoba Government
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Directories, Industry Associations and Sector Councils
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These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience as well as provide a sample of organizations from various policy areas:
Institute for Mental Health Policy Research - Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research
Health Policy - World Health Organization (WHO)
The Canadian Science Policy Centre
Environmental Studies Association of Canada
National Council for Science and the Environment (U.S.)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (U.S.)
European Science Foundation (International)
Canadian International Council - Winnipeg Branch
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
International Development Research Centre
Economic Analysis and Policy Division - United Nations
Date modified: April 16, 2020