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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

  • $88,162

    Average Salary

What Does A Consultant Do

A consultant is a professional who provides expert advice in a particular area such as management, education, accountancy, human resources, marketing, public relations, finance or any of many other specialized fields.

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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Real Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
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 (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
Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Oct 18, 2010 $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 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

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Top Skills for A Consultant

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Top Consultant Skills

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Procedures
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Plant accounting expertise: Prepared financial statements, wrote operations commentary, conducted monthly review meetings.
  • Prepared budgets and forecasts, established accounting policies and procedures.
  • Designed and wrote data entry screens, and purchase order report.
  • Instruct them on the use of WEB Browser and FTP sites along with suggesting Usenet groups that deal with their interests.
  • Worked in generating reports using SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).

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