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Working As An Associate Consultant

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $67,621

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Consultant Do

Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Duties

Management analysts typically do the following:

  • Gather and organize information about the problem to be solved or the procedure to be improved
  • Interview personnel and conduct onsite observations to determine the methods, equipment, and personnel that will be needed
  • Analyze financial and other data, including revenue, expenditure, and employment reports
  • Develop solutions or alternative practices
  • Recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational changes
  • Make recommendations to management through presentations or written reports
  • Confer with managers to ensure changes are working

Although some management analysts work for the organization that they analyze, most work as consultants on a contractual basis. 

Whether they are self-employed or part of a large consulting company, the work of a management analyst may vary from project to project. Some projects require a team of consultants, each specializing in one area. In other projects, consultants work independently with the client organization’s managers.

Management analysts often specialize in certain areas, such as inventory management or reorganizing corporate structures to eliminate duplicate and nonessential jobs. Some consultants specialize in a specific industry, such as healthcare or telecommunications. In government, management analysts usually specialize by type of agency.

Organizations hire consultants to develop strategies for entering and remaining competitive in today’s marketplace.

Management analysts who work on contract may write proposals and bid for jobs. Typically, an organization that needs the help of a management analyst solicits proposals from a number of consultants and consulting companies that specialize in the needed work. Those who want the work must then submit a proposal by the deadline that explains how the consultant will do the work, who will do the work, why they are the best consultants to do the work, what the schedule will be, and how much it will cost. The organization that needs the consultants then selects the proposal that best meets its needs and budget.

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How To Become An Associate Consultant

Most management analysts have at least a bachelor’s degree. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation may improve job prospects.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is the typical entry-level requirement for management analysts. However, some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

Few colleges and universities offer formal programs in management consulting. However, many fields of study provide a suitable education because of the range of areas that management analysts address. Common fields of study include business, management, economics, political science and government, accounting, finance, marketing, psychology, computer and information science, and English.

Analysts also routinely attend conferences to stay up to date on current developments in their field.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA) offers the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation to those who meet minimum levels of education and experience, submit client reviews, and pass an interview and exam covering the IMC USA’s code of ethics. Management consultants with a CMC designation must be recertified every 3 years. Management analysts are not required to get certification, but it may give jobseekers a competitive advantage.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many analysts enter the occupation with several years of work experience. Organizations that specialize in certain fields typically try to hire candidates who have experience in those areas. Typical work backgrounds include experience in management, human resources, and information technology. 

Advancement

As consultants gain experience, they often take on more responsibility. At the senior level, consultants may supervise teams working on more complex projects and become more involved in seeking out new business. Those with exceptional skills may eventually become partners in their consulting organization and focus on attracting new clients and bringing in revenue. Senior consultants who leave their consulting company often move to senior management positions at nonconsulting organizations.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Management analysts must be able to interpret a wide range of information and use their findings to make proposals.

Communication skills. Management analysts must be able to communicate clearly and precisely in both writing and speaking. Successful analysts also need good listening skills to understand the organization’s problems and propose appropriate solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Management analysts must work with managers and other employees of the organizations where they provide consulting services. They should work as a team toward achieving the organization’s goals. 

Problem-solving skills. Management analysts must be able to think creatively to solve clients’ problems. Although some aspects of different clients’ problems may be similar, each situation is likely to present unique challenges for the analyst to solve.

Time-management skills. Management analysts often work under tight deadlines and must use their time efficiently to complete projects on time.

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Associate Consultant Career Paths

Associate Consultant
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
SAP Consultant Sap-Sd Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Project Leader Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Associate Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Associate Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Service Manager Account Manager
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Senior Consultant Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Information Technology Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Service Consultant 3.0 years
Program Consultant 2.5 years
Staff Consultant 2.5 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Oracle Consultant 2.3 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
SAP Consultant 2.3 years
Process Consultant 2.2 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Data Consultant 1.7 years
ETL Consultant 1.6 years
Junior Consultant 1.3 years
MBA Consultant 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 13.6%
Consultant 7.9%
Associate 4.7%
Analyst 3.9%
Manager 3.0%
Trainee 2.8%
Developer 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 20.3%
Associate 3.3%
Manager 3.1%

Associate Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

56.2%

Female

40.5%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Asian

28.6%

Hispanic or Latino

7.9%

Unknown

3.6%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.8%

French

12.8%

Mandarin

10.3%

Chinese

9.2%

Hindi

4.6%

German

4.6%

Japanese

4.4%

Portuguese

4.1%

Italian

3.3%

Korean

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Cantonese

1.8%

Gujarati

1.5%

Urdu

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Marathi

0.8%

Swedish

0.5%

Sindhi

0.5%

Hebrew

0.5%
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Associate Consultant Education

Schools

New York University

6.5%

Cornell University

6.3%

More Tech Institute

6.3%

University of Chicago

6.1%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.7%

Northwestern University

5.3%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

Duke University

5.3%

Harvard University

5.1%

University of Phoenix

5.1%

University of Pennsylvania

4.8%

Syracuse University

4.6%

Columbia University

4.4%

University of California - Berkeley

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

George Washington University

3.8%

Stanford University

3.8%

George Mason University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

21.4%

Computer Science

11.5%

Finance

10.1%

Marketing

5.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.3%

Management

5.3%

Computer Engineering

4.6%

Information Technology

4.6%

Computer Applications

4.2%

Accounting

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Economics

2.8%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Engineering

2.4%

Counseling Psychology

2.4%

Psychology

2.3%

Communication

2.2%

Information Systems

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Human Resources Management

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

42.0%

Bachelors

37.9%

Other

9.9%

Doctorate

3.5%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

2.4%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.3%
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Real Associate Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate, Head of Offshore Structural Integrity Consulting Arup Texas, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 20, 2016 $181,542
Associate Consultant Acquis Consulting Group, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $137,000
Associate Consultant ZS Associates, Inc. San Mateo, CA Feb 18, 2015 $136,282
Business Analytics Associate Consultant ZS Associates, Inc. San Mateo, CA Sep 17, 2015 $130,790
Associate Consultant Six Sigma Academy International, LLC New York, NY Aug 08, 2016 $125,000
Associate Consultant-Atg Litmus 7 Systems Consulting Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 12, 2016 $125,000
Associate Consultant Six Sigma Academy International, LLC New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $120,000
Associate Consultant-Atg Litmus 7 Systems Consulting Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 12, 2016 $120,000 -
$140,000
Associate Consultant Community at Work San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2015 $118,830 -
$144,102
Associate Consultant Community at Work San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2015 $118,830 -
$144,102
Consultant (Research Associate) Michael Allen Company LLC Darien, CT Sep 19, 2016 $112,556
Associate Consultant Wakely Consulting Group LLC Englewood, CO Jun 27, 2016 $112,320
Associate Consultant Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Apr 29, 2016 $111,000
Associate Consultant-US Infosys Limited Berlin, CT Jan 10, 2016 $72,789
Associate Consultant-US Infosys Limited San Ramon, CA Jul 08, 2016 $72,780
Associate Consultant-US Infosys Limited Irvine, CA Sep 08, 2016 $72,777
Associate Consultant-US Infosys Limited Boston, MA Aug 18, 2016 $72,772
Associate Consultant-US Infosys Limited Canton, MA Dec 08, 2016 $72,772
Associate Consultant-US Infosys Limited Boston, MA Jul 30, 2016 $72,772
Associate Consultant-US Infosys Limited Livonia, MI Aug 07, 2015 $72,734
Associate Consultant-US Infosys Limited Hartford, CT Mar 09, 2015 $72,636
Associate Consultant Model N, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 15, 2016 $66,498
Associate Consultant (Computer Programmer) Saama Technologies, Inc. Glendale, AZ Oct 01, 2015 $66,441
Associate Consultant-Business Services-US Infosys BPO Limited Salt Lake City, UT Jul 18, 2015 $66,430
Associate Consultant-US Infosys Limited Tampa, FL Aug 09, 2015 $66,419
Associate Consultant-US Infosys Limited Jacksonville, FL Jul 27, 2016 $66,419
Associate Consultant-US Infosys Limited Milwaukee, WI Sep 11, 2015 $66,419

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Top Skills for An Associate Consultant

FinancialModulesDataWarehouseProceduresStrategyPl/SqlWebBusinessProcessDeliveryBusinessRequirementsTestCasesProjectManagementWindowsCustomerServiceResourceOnsiteXMLRequirementGatheringERPUnix

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Top Associate Consultant Skills

  1. Financial
  2. Modules
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Covered and explained financial and account information for Spanish speaking patients.
  • Analyzed and implemented modules in order to maintain Credit Card Services of HSBC US
  • Developed an e-business solution enabling the client to leverage its existing data warehouse into a business intelligence decision support system.
  • Work on the Jockey Club Project and was assigned to work on debugging complicated stored procedures.
  • Researched and compiled data for corporate strategy and initiatives.

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