A career in Six Sigma and compensation depends on many factors such as experience, level of certification, company, references, and amount of time dedicated to Six Sigma projects. The site listed below combines all related Six Sigma jobs on several popular search sites.
Salary.com is a recommended site to analyze compensation scenarios. There are several variables from region, experience, and direct reports that can be provided as inputs to get an understanding of overall compensation expectations.
In the United States, a typical Six Sigma Green Belts (GB) makes $15k-$20k/yr less than a Six Sigma Black Belt (BB). With more pay usually comes more responsibility but the bonuses and perks are also higher for BB's, the Master Black Belts (MBB), and Top Six Sigma executives.
GB's usually do not have direct reports, although the may mentor other Green, White, or Yellow Belts. BB's usually do not have direct reports unless they are more experienced but this varies by company. Some BB's have a group of Green Belts reporting directly to them and then there are cases where GB's report to their typical supervisor and are mentored by a BB. MBB's will often have direct reports ranging from 5-12 BB's and report to a Six Sigma Executive or directly to a CEO.
As with most jobs, the amount of compensation varies significantly depending on area of the world and within a country. A Six Sigma Black Belt with comparable experience could make $20k-$40k/yr more if working in San Francisco or New York City compared to a smaller market with lower cost of living.
Permanent GB, BB, MBB roles are normally found in companies >1,000 employees. Smaller companies tend to use existing staff and train them in the Six Sigma tools to complement an existing skill set. Smaller companies may also opt to use a consultant for specific projects.
The key is to distinguish yourself by putting forth the additional time and research to improve your chances to succeed and avoid losing valuable time executing a project as a results of still learning basic materials. Build a strong foundation to hit the ground running with a new employer.
Interviewing for any position requires preparation. A Six Sigma practitioner may make or break their career from this critical discussion that lasts just a few minutes.
The website at Interview Questions.biz offers interesting strategies and insight for those preparing for all types of interviews, in particular those of technical nature.
Even for those that struggle with the nerves of an interview should help themselves through preparation. As the saying goes, "what you put into it is what you get out."
Consulting careers in Six Sigma may be the right fit for you. As expected, this career typically involves a lot of travel and exposure to diverse set of challenges. It will likely be a requirement to maintain a high level of training and certifications that incorporate the latest tools.
Consultants often specialize. One person may be well versed in the DMAIC path, or DFSS, or Lean Manufacturing, or Statistics. Often, a team of consultants will engage with a client to hep solve a problem or implement a Six Sigma or Continuous Improvement program.
Just as important as mastering the methodology, a consultant will need to be a strong Project Manager. Personally, these people typically exhibit a high degree of confidence, very organized, able to withstand pressure, adversity, able to understand cultures and act as a "change" agent.
The ability to influence people, be political savvy, along with strong personal and professional presentation are other factors that make or break a consulting career.
Listed below are a few companies that specialize in Six Sigma and/or Lean Manufacturing consulting.
Another suggestion is finding a Hiring Consultant, or Recruiter, and begin building this valuable career-long relationship. This person often works for you and is compensated from the firm they represent.
Shown further below are links to companies that offer careers in or related to Six Sigma.
JOB HOSTING WEBSITES:
Enter in keywords such as:
Six Sigma, Black Belt, Green Belt, Yellow Belt, White Belt, Continuous Improvement, Process Improvement, Kaizen, TQM, statistics, Lean Manufacturing, Lean Practitioner, DMAIC, and DFSS.
This site below is the most comprehensive site that is the home of the International Association of Employment Websites (IAEWS). There are thousands of specialized links, all are member registered websites of this trade association.
The home pages are shown for companies that often have job boards posted within their sites. Since these domains may change, you will need to navigate or search for the job posting once at the home page.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Research in Motion
CVS Caremark Corp.
Other companies that have had or still have Six Sigma programs:
United Parcel Service (UPS)
Six Sigma Modules
Green Belt Program (1,000+ Slides)
Cause & Effect Matrix
Central Limit Theorem
1-Way Anova Test
Correlation and Regression