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Working As An Abap Consultant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $91,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Abap Consultant Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Abap Consultant Career Paths

Abap Consultant
Lead Technician Project Leader Senior Consultant
Lead Consultant
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Lead Solution Architect
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician
Functional Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer
Senior Technical Consultant
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
SAP Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Abap Consultant
Senior SAP Technical Consultant
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Abap Consultant Senior SAP Consultant
Senior SAP Fico Consultant
6 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Abap Consultant
5 Yearsyrs
Sap/Abap Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Senior Functional Consultant
6 Yearsyrs
Sap/Abap Developer Senior SAP Abap Consultant
Senior SAP Consultant
6 Yearsyrs
Sap/Abap Developer Senior Software Engineer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Consultant Technology Architect Integration Architect
Lead Integrator
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Technical Delivery Manager
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Module Lead Support Lead
Implementations Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Project Analyst Senior Analyst
Analyst Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Functional Consultant Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Functional Consultant
Senior Functional Analyst
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Technology Architect Integration Architect
Oracle Consultant
5 Yearsyrs
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Abap Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

57.5%

Female

29.2%

Unknown

13.3%
Ethnicity

White

38.3%

Asian

37.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.2%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

33.3%

French

33.3%

Spanish

33.3%

Abap Consultant Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

8.1%

University of Portland

8.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.4%

University of Houston

5.4%

National University

5.4%

University of the West

5.4%

Lamar University

5.4%

University of Houston - Clear Lake

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

Central State University

5.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.4%

The Academy

5.4%

DePaul University

5.4%

Cleveland State University

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Castleton State College

2.7%

New York University

2.7%

University of Florida

2.7%

University of Pittsburgh - Bradford

2.7%

University of Washington

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Applications

21.7%

Computer Science

20.6%

Electrical Engineering

10.3%

Information Technology

8.6%

Computer Engineering

8.6%

Engineering

6.6%

Business

4.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering

3.1%

Information Systems

1.4%

Civil Engineering

1.4%

Systems Engineering

1.1%

Management

1.1%

Information Sciences

1.1%

Mathematics

1.1%

English

1.1%

Industrial Engineering

1.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.9%

Music

0.9%

Management Information Systems

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.1%

Masters

42.2%

Other

5.5%

Diploma

1.6%

Associate

1.3%

Certificate

0.3%
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How much does an Abap Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Abap Consultant in the United States is $92,057 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $67,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

Real Abap Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Abap Certified Consultant Dataxstream LLC Williamsburg, VA Oct 01, 2013 $95,000
Abap Consultant Perint Sarimba, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 14, 2015 $90,000
Abap Netweaver Consultant IBM India Private Limited Lebanon, NJ Sep 17, 2012 $86,807
Abap Netweaver Consultant IBM India Private Limited Lebanon, NJ Jul 23, 2013 $86,807
SR. Abap Consultant Scadea Solutions Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Apr 30, 2016 $85,634
Senior Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited San Jose, CA Jan 03, 2016 $83,101
SR. Abap Consultant Scadea Solutions Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Apr 03, 2015 $82,285
Senior Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Melville, NY Jan 01, 2016 $82,187
Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Jan 07, 2016 $81,837
Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Feb 03, 2016 $81,837
Senior Abap Consultant Scadea Solutions Inc. San Francisco, CA May 17, 2012 $80,000
Senior Abap Consultant Scadea Solutions Inc. Somerset, NJ May 25, 2012 $80,000
Abap Consultant Kairos Technologies, Inc. Irving, TX Nov 08, 2016 $78,957
Abap Netweaver Consultant IBM India Private Limited Lebanon, NJ Jul 23, 2013 $78,915
Senior Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Jan 08, 2016 $77,678
Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Wayne, PA Sep 15, 2014 $77,220
Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Piscataway, NJ Feb 05, 2013 $76,716
Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Piscataway, NJ Feb 07, 2013 $76,716
Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Mount Olive, NJ Nov 30, 2013 $76,544
Senior Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Jul 20, 2015 $74,825
Senior Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Jan 10, 2016 $74,825 -
$77,678
Abap Consultant Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $71,781
Abap Support Consultant Logic Planet, Inc. Deerfield, IL Jul 11, 2016 $71,000
Senior Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Waukegan, IL Feb 08, 2016 $70,658 -
$74,825
Abap Webdynpro Consultant Trine It, Inc. Clinton, MA Dec 16, 2013 $70,000
Abap Consultant Tata Consultancy Services Limited Lake Forest, IL Feb 03, 2015 $69,600
Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Secaucus, NJ Jul 31, 2012 $68,099
Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Marysville, OH Sep 11, 2015 $67,748
Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Mounds View, MN Sep 13, 2016 $67,330 -
$67,813

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Top Skills for An Abap Consultant

  1. Master Data
  2. Function Modules
  3. SAP
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  • Developed mass maintenance programs to upload master data including data validations and translations.
  • Utilized existing templates with customized role based function modules.
  • SAP project is being implemented in 1 Company Code, 6 business areas, 1 Plant.
  • Generated report to display open purchase orders during particular period.
  • Worked on designing/configuring ALE/IDOC interfaces for various systems to facilitate data transfer.

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