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Working As A 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

  • $75,342

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 A 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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Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Customer Relationship Management Manager
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Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Director Of Professional Services
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Business Analyst Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Operations Manager Practice Manager
Practice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Program Manager Business Development Director
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Owner Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Consultant 2.9 years
Staff Consultant 2.5 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Process Consultant 2.2 years
Consultant 2.0 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Junior Consultant 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Consultant
Internship 9.1%
Manager 7.4%
Director 5.3%
Programmer 3.5%
Top Careers After Consultant
Manager 7.1%
Director 5.3%
Owner 4.7%
Internship 3.9%
President 3.2%

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Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

57.2%

Female

39.8%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

57.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Asian

12.7%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.9%

French

13.7%

Chinese

6.3%

Mandarin

5.9%

German

5.8%

Portuguese

4.5%

Italian

3.7%

Japanese

3.3%

Russian

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Hindi

2.2%

Korean

1.5%

Cantonese

1.4%

Carrier

1.3%

Greek

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Hebrew

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Polish

0.6%

Swedish

0.6%
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Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

New York University

7.9%

George Washington University

6.4%

Michigan State University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Cornell University

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

George Mason University

4.4%

University of Houston

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

Columbia University

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Temple University

4.1%

Syracuse University

4.1%

Boston University

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

Harvard University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.8%

American University

3.7%

University of Pennsylvania

3.7%
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Majors

Business

27.3%

Computer Science

9.8%

Finance

6.9%

Accounting

6.7%

Management

5.3%

Marketing

4.8%

Psychology

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Communication

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.4%

Political Science

2.9%

Education

2.8%

Information Technology

2.7%

Law

2.6%

Economics

2.6%

English

2.2%

Nursing

2.1%

Project Management

2.1%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.4%

Masters

30.5%

Other

16.6%

Doctorate

5.7%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Consultant (Software Developer, Applications) Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2015 $125,757
Consultant (Computer Systems Analyst) Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Apr 10, 2016 $123,718
Consultant (Computer Systems Analyst) Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Apr 27, 2016 $123,718
Consultant (Software Developer, Applications) Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Nov 13, 2014 $122,886
Consultant (Computer Systems Analyst) Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Nov 12, 2014 $122,096
MTS Consultant-SYS Engrg (SR Applications Developer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 20, 2017 $113,776
Consultant (Computer Systems Analyst) Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Oct 27, 2015 $106,787
Domain Consultant-L4 Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Apr 05, 2016 $102,149
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Apr 21, 2014 $97,500
MTS Consultant (Cmts-Technology) Verizon Corp Resources Group LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 18, 2015 $97,383
Consultant Brillio, LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2019 $97,000
Consultant (Management Analyst) Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2014 $96,429
MTS Consultant-Sys. Engrg. (Consultant-Applicati Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 14, 2013 $95,900
Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 17, 2014 $95,000
Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 15, 2015 $95,000
Consultant Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Jun 05, 2017 $94,557
Consultant Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Nov 16, 2017 $94,182
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Oct 14, 2010 $94,000
Consultant Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Mar 29, 2016 $92,248
Consultant Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Dec 04, 2016 $92,248
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Mar 21, 2011 $92,000
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Mar 27, 2012 $90,500
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Feb 14, 2012 $90,100
Devops Consultant Intellitro Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2019 $90,000
Consultant M&S Consulting, LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 15, 2017 $90,000
Consultant (Computer Systems Analyst) Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Sep 03, 2016 $90,000
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Oct 18, 2010 $90,000
Consultant IBM Corporation Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2014 $88,591
Consultant-US Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Nov 07, 2017 $87,733
Consultant-US Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Jun 16, 2017 $87,733
Consultant-US Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Feb 16, 2017 $87,489
Consultant-US Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA May 24, 2016 $87,117
Consultant-US Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Oct 24, 2017 $86,021
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Mar 27, 2012 $86,000
Domain Consultant L2 Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Jun 06, 2017 $85,592
Consultant (Computer Systems Analyst) Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Jun 01, 2017 $83,304
Consultant-US-Practitioner Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Jul 08, 2017 $83,304
Consultant-US-Practitioner Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Dec 23, 2016 $83,304
Domain Consultant-L3 Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Apr 19, 2016 $83,158
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Oct 02, 2015 $82,000 -
$110,000
Consultant Brillio, LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2019 $81,000
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Mar 21, 2012 $80,300
Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 08, 2015 $80,000
Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 28, 2013 $80,000
Consultant (Network and Computer Systems Administrator) Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Jul 06, 2015 $78,603
Consultant (Software Engineer Applications) Hr Cache LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 17, 2008 $74,797
Consultant (Software Engineer Applications) Hr Cache LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 28, 2008 $74,797
Consultant IBM Corporation Ashburn, VA Nov 02, 2011 $73,446
Consultant Jawood Business Process Solutions LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 31, 2017 $71,760
Consultant Jawood Business Process Solutions LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 31, 2016 $71,760
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Aug 20, 2017 $70,000
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Sep 29, 2014 $68,500 -
$110,000
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Apr 22, 2014 $68,500
Informatics Consultant K Base Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2017 $63,315
Informatics Consultant K Base Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2017 $63,315
ERS Consultant Deloitte & Touche LLP Ashburn, VA Jul 25, 2013 $61,000

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  • Developed stored procedures and triggers to facilitate consistent data entry into the database.
  • Secured designer for company website/branding initiative.
  • Used various data providers like Freehand SQL and Stored Procedures to extract data from different sources and tuned for better performance.

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