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Working As An Associate Technical Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Technical 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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How To Become An Associate Technical Consultant

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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Average Length of Employment
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Staff Consultant 2.6 years
Software Analyst 2.5 years
Lead Consultant 2.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Associate Technical Consultant
Internship 11.2%
Developer 6.5%
Consultant 3.6%
Top Careers After Associate Technical Consultant
Consultant 7.4%
Internship 3.7%
Developer 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$58,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Publicis Sapient
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does an Associate Technical Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Technical Consultant in the United States is $77,806 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $58,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $104,000.

Real Associate Technical Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Consultant: Technical Connexions Data Inc. Hackensack, NJ Aug 25, 2014 $117,000
Associate Consultant 2-Oracle Technical (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Sep 24, 2015 $105,498
Associate Consultant-It Desktop Management PSEG Services Corporation Newark, NJ May 15, 2015 $93,600
Associate Consultant-It Desktop Management PSEG Services Corporation Newark, NJ Oct 17, 2014 $91,800
Associate, Technical Consultant Apttus Corporation San Mateo, CA Aug 15, 2016 $90,355 -
$105,780
Epic Consulting Technical Associate Huron Consulting Services LLC Middleton, WI Jul 29, 2016 $90,000 -
$100,000
Associate Consultant-IT Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN Mar 13, 2013 $89,537
Technical Consultant/Associate Egain Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Aug 07, 2014 $77,000
Professional Services Associate Technical Consultant NCR Corporation Duluth, GA Feb 23, 2015 $76,627
Associate Consultant-Technology Virtusa Corp Boston, MA Nov 12, 2015 $75,878
SR. Associate Technical Consultant Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Oct 01, 2015 $75,824
Associate Technical Consultant Summa Technologies, Inc. Canonsburg, PA Jan 11, 2016 $75,000
SR. Associate Technical Consultant Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Oct 01, 2015 $75,000
Associate Consultant, Technical Services Openlink Financial LLC New York, NY Feb 09, 2016 $71,000
Associate Consultant, Technical Services Openlink Financial LLC New York, NY Mar 09, 2016 $71,000
Associate Technical Consultant KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Whitakers, NC Aug 11, 2015 $70,304
Technology Associate Consultant Hybris, U.S., Corp. Boston, MA Aug 27, 2016 $70,000
Associate Technical Consultant Perficient, Inc. Charlotte, NC Feb 09, 2016 $69,826 -
$79,826
Associate Technical Consultant Sas Institute, Inc. Cary, NC Oct 01, 2014 $69,462
SR. Associate Technical Consultant Sas Institute, Inc. Cary, NC Sep 20, 2014 $68,850
Senior Associate Technical Consultant Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Sep 25, 2014 $68,000
Associate Technical Consultant Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Bartlesville, OK Sep 13, 2014 $64,000
Associate Technical Consultant KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Columbus, IN Apr 04, 2016 $63,720
Associate Consultant Technical CSC Covansys Corporation Southborough, MA Oct 17, 2016 $63,440
Associate: Consultant Technical CSC Consulting, Inc. Grand Junction, CO Aug 15, 2016 $63,066
Associate Technical Consultant Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Oct 01, 2015 $62,992
Senior Associate Technical Consultant Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Oct 01, 2015 $62,992
Associate Technical Consultant Perficient, Inc. Nashville, TN Sep 13, 2013 $62,500 -
$72,500
Associate Technical Consultant KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Columbus, IN Jan 01, 2014 $62,063

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Top Skills for An Associate Technical Consultant

  1. Business Requirements
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Interacted with subject matter experts effectively to understand business requirements, process and data flows.
  • Executed system testing for four different data loads and their respective tax compliance programs using PL/SQL Developer and Microsoft Excel.
  • Served as Senior Business Intelligence consultant to handle multiple Business Intelligence & Data Warehouse, ETL development and implementation projects.
  • Prepared Unit Test cases for the cases developed and delivered the Technical Design Document after the unit testing of the deliverable.
  • Installed and configured Windows 2003 Server and SQL Server 2005 that hosted the customized software and database.

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  3. Massachusetts
  4. North Carolina
  5. Connecticut
  6. New York
  7. Washington
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Associate Technical Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

56.2%

Female

29.2%

Unknown

14.6%
Ethnicity

White

47.4%

Asian

25.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

6.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.1%

Somali

10.5%

Hindi

10.5%

Mandarin

10.5%

Arabic

10.5%

Swedish

5.3%

Portuguese

5.3%

Chinese

5.3%

Japanese

5.3%

Greek

5.3%

Tamil

5.3%

Italian

5.3%
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Associate Technical Consultant Education

Schools

Strayer University

8.1%

University of South Florida

6.5%

Drexel University

6.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.5%

Duke University

6.5%

University of Pennsylvania

4.8%

University of Central Florida

4.8%

Johns Hopkins University

4.8%

University of Houston

4.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.8%

Oklahoma State University

4.8%

Texas A&M University

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

University of Washington

4.8%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.8%

Northwestern University

4.8%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.2%

University of Connecticut

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Ithaca College

3.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.3%

Business

13.6%

Information Technology

7.5%

Management Information Systems

6.6%

Finance

6.6%

Computer Engineering

6.6%

Computer Information Systems

5.6%

Information Systems

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Management

3.3%

Marketing

3.3%

Computer Applications

3.3%

Project Management

3.3%

Computer Technical Support

2.3%

Psychology

1.9%

Management Science

1.9%

Mathematics

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

41.2%

Bachelors

40.5%

Other

10.1%

Associate

3.4%

Certificate

2.0%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.7%
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