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Working As A BI Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A BI 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 A BI 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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BI Consultant Career Paths

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Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
BI Architect Architect Data Architect
Data Warehouse Architect
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Finance Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
BI Architect Architect Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
BI Architect Architect Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Tableau Developer Consultant Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Tableau Developer Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
8 Yearsyrs
Tableau Developer Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Consultant Senior Accountant Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Qlikview Developer Development Administrator BI Developer
Senior Cognos Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Qlikview Developer Senior Developer Analyst Oracle Senior Developer
Senior Database Developer
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Senior Database Developer Senior Sql/Report Developer
Business Intelligence Senior Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Database Analyst Database Marketing Manager
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
SAP BW Consultant 3.4 years
SQL BI Developer 2.1 years
BI Architect 2.1 years
BI Developer 2.0 years
BI Consultant 2.0 years
Reports Developer 1.7 years
Cognos Consultant 1.7 years
ETL Consultant 1.6 years
Top Careers Before BI Consultant
BI Developer 10.1%
Developer 8.7%
Consultant 8.1%
Analyst 3.4%
Top Careers After BI Consultant
BI Architect 13.8%
Consultant 9.6%
Architect 3.9%
Developer 3.2%
Analyst 3.0%

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BI Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

65.6%

Female

23.2%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

41.7%

Asian

31.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.1%

Black or African American

9.1%

Unknown

7.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.9%

Portuguese

11.8%

French

11.8%

Chinese

5.9%

German

5.9%

Bosnian

5.9%

Italian

5.9%
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BI Consultant Education

Schools

University of Texas at Dallas

9.7%

Texas A&M University

8.8%

More Tech Institute

8.8%

University of the West

6.2%

University of Houston

6.2%

Ohio University -

5.3%

University of Phoenix

5.3%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

George Washington University

4.4%

Texas Tech University

3.5%

State University of New York College at Buffalo

3.5%

Johns Hopkins University

3.5%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.5%

University of Bridgeport

3.5%

University of Missouri - Kansas City

3.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.5%

University of Arizona

3.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.9%

Electrical Engineering

8.8%

Business

8.4%

Information Technology

7.8%

Computer Applications

7.6%

Computer Engineering

6.3%

Computer Information Systems

5.8%

Engineering

5.7%

Information Systems

3.7%

Management Information Systems

3.2%

Finance

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Accounting

1.7%

Management

1.6%

Management Science

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%

Project Management

1.2%

Chemistry

1.1%

Information Sciences

1.1%

Business/Commerce

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.6%

Masters

41.7%

Other

7.8%

Diploma

1.5%

Certificate

1.4%

Associate

1.1%

Doctorate

0.9%
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How much does a BI Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a BI Consultant in the United States is $85,801 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $63,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $116,000.

Real BI Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
BI Consultant A&N Consulting, LLC Redmond, WA Jan 07, 2016 $185,000
Essbase BI Consultant Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2016 $138,362
Senior Bi/Hana Consultant Bluefin Solutions Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 21, 2016 $125,000
Senior Bi/Hana Consultant Bluefin Solutions Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 21, 2016 $125,000
BI Microstrategy Consultant Humetis Technologies, Inc. Towson, MD Jun 16, 2016 $123,446
Senior BI Consultant CD Group, Inc. Peachtree City, GA Aug 22, 2016 $120,000 -
$140,000
Lead BI Consultant Visual Bi Solutions, Inc. Baltimore, MD Nov 04, 2016 $120,000
BI Consultant KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Edison, NJ Jan 25, 2015 $117,970
Senior BI Consultant Appstek, Inc. Addison, TX Sep 27, 2016 $115,794
Senior BI Consultant Appstek, Inc. Addison, TX Jul 18, 2016 $115,000
Senior BI Consultant CD Group, Inc. Peachtree City, GA Jan 21, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Senior BI Consultant/Developer Iridium Technology LLC Frisco, TX Feb 01, 2015 $110,000 -
$126,000
Senior BI Consultant IBM India Private Limited Florham Park, NJ Apr 08, 2015 $85,677 -
$90,752
Senior BI Consultant American Unit, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 29, 2015 $85,322
BI Consultant-II Appstek, Inc. Addison, TX Jan 09, 2016 $85,000
BI Consultant Visual Bi Solutions, Inc. Plano, TX May 17, 2016 $85,000
Senior BI Consultant American Unit, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 02, 2015 $85,000
BI Consultant Akili, Inc. Irving, TX Dec 17, 2015 $79,747
BI Consultant IBM India Private Limited Cambridge, MA Jul 28, 2015 $77,197
BI Consultant IBM India Private Limited Charlotte, NC Jun 30, 2016 $76,809
Oracle BI Consultant I Appstek Inc. Addison, TX Jan 10, 2015 $76,000
BI Consultant IBM India Private Limited Southfield, MI Aug 23, 2016 $75,572
BI Consultant Visual Bi Solutions, Inc. Plano, TX Jan 01, 2015 $75,000
SQL BI Consultant Keymouz Technologies Inc. Houston, TX Dec 29, 2016 $75,000
BI Consultant Visual Bi Solutions, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Sep 16, 2015 $75,000

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Top Skills for A BI Consultant

  1. Dashboards
  2. SQL
  3. Web Intelligence
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  • Participated in project planning sessions with management and end users analyze business requirements for real-time and historical reports and dashboards.
  • Performed operations like Data reconciliation, validation and error handling after Extracting data into SQL Server.
  • Configured Web Intelligence using Configuration tool.
  • Created sessions, configured work flows to extract data from various sources, transformed data and loading into data ware house.
  • Designed high level ETL architecture for overall data transfer from the OLTP to OLAP with the help of SSIS.

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