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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

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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Consultant Career Paths

Consultant
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Sap-Sd Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Owner Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Owner Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Finance Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Consultant Business Development Manager Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Business Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Dairy Consultant 5.5 years
Road Consultant 4.8 years
Owner, Consultant 4.7 years
Pension Consultant 4.4 years
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Consultant/Founder 4.0 years
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Sap-Sd Consultant 3.7 years
SAP BW Consultant 3.5 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Principal Analyst 3.3 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Field Consultant 3.2 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
SAP MM Consultant 3.2 years
Consultant Teacher 3.1 years
Marine Consultant 3.1 years
Medical Consultant 3.1 years
Consultant Nurse 3.0 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Business Leader 3.0 years
Service Consultant 3.0 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Moving Consultant 3.0 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Mining Consultant 2.9 years
Program Analyst 2.9 years
Case Consultant 2.9 years
Project Leader 2.8 years
Farm Consultant 2.8 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Consultant/Writer 2.7 years
Career Consultant 2.7 years
Design Consultant 2.7 years
Telecom Consultant 2.7 years
Finance Consultant 2.7 years
Quality Consultant 2.6 years
Process Analyst 2.6 years
Wine Consultant 2.6 years
Tax Consultant 2.6 years
Customs Consultant 2.6 years
EDI Consultant 2.6 years
ERP Consultant 2.5 years
Project Developer 2.5 years
Event Consultant 2.5 years
Legal Consultant 2.5 years
Staff Consultant 2.5 years
Program Consultant 2.5 years
Search Consultant 2.4 years
Fico Consultant 2.4 years
Image Consultant 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Library Consultant 2.4 years
Business Associate 2.4 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Billing Consultant 2.4 years
Auditor/Consultant 2.4 years
Storage Consultant 2.3 years
Food Consultant 2.3 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Data Analyst 2.3 years
Oracle Consultant 2.3 years
SAP Consultant 2.3 years
Loan Consultant 2.3 years
Bank Consultant 2.2 years
Family Consultant 2.2 years
Sales Consultant 2.2 years
Process Consultant 2.2 years
Method Consultant 2.1 years
Abap Consultant 2.1 years
Consultant 2.0 years
Diet Consultant 2.0 years
Media Consultant 2.0 years
Vmware Consultant 2.0 years
Brand Consultant 2.0 years
GIS Consultant 1.9 years
Unix Consultant 1.9 years
BI Consultant 1.9 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Product Consultant 1.9 years
Writing Consultant 1.8 years
Digital Consultant 1.7 years
Data Consultant 1.7 years
Cognos Consultant 1.7 years
Java Consultant 1.7 years
ETL Consultant 1.6 years
Mobile Consultant 1.6 years
Energy Consultant 1.5 years
PMO Consultant 1.3 years
Junior Consultant 1.3 years
Solar Consultant 1.0 years
Epic Consultant 0.9 years
Cerner Consultant 0.8 years
MBA Consultant 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 8.3%
Manager 6.9%
Director 4.8%
Top Employers After
Manager 6.5%
Director 4.8%
Owner 4.3%
Internship 3.5%
President 2.9%

Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

57.3%

Female

39.7%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

74.7%

Asian

12.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.5%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.9%

French

13.8%

Chinese

6.4%

Mandarin

5.9%

German

5.8%

Portuguese

4.5%

Italian

3.6%

Japanese

3.3%

Russian

3.2%

Arabic

3.1%

Hindi

2.2%

Korean

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Carrier

1.3%

Greek

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Hebrew

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Dutch

0.6%
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Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

New York University

7.9%

George Washington University

6.5%

Michigan State University

4.8%

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

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Temple University

4.1%

Syracuse University

4.1%

Boston University

3.9%

Harvard University

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.8%

University of Pennsylvania

3.7%

American University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

27.3%

Computer Science

9.9%

Finance

6.9%

Accounting

6.8%

Management

5.3%

Marketing

4.8%

Psychology

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Communication

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Political Science

2.8%

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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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
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-US-Practitioner Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Dec 23, 2016 $83,304
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
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 Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Mar 21, 2012 $80,300
Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 28, 2013 $80,000
Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 08, 2015 $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, 2016 $71,760
Consultant Jawood Business Process Solutions LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 31, 2017 $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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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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