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Working As A Consultant/Team Lead

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

  • Repetitive

  • $101,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Consultant/Team Lead 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 Consultant/Team Lead

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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Consultant/Team Lead Career Paths

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Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Solutions Architect Technical Project Manager
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Solutions Architect Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Lead Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Engineer Senior Systems Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Team Lead Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Lead Integrator 2.6 years
Lead Consultant 2.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
ERP Consultant 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Consultant/Team Lead
Consultant 18.6%
Team Leader 10.3%
Internship 5.7%
Developer 3.6%
Manager 3.4%
Top Careers After Consultant/Team Lead
Consultant 17.0%
Team Leader 10.0%
Manager 4.5%
Internship 3.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$101,000
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$77,000
Min 10%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$132,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Northern Trust
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Consultant/Team Lead make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Consultant/Team Lead in the United States is $101,563 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $133,000.

Real Consultant/Team Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Consultant/Team Leader Operations Maine Pointe, LLC Duxbury, MA Jan 01, 2014 $221,000
Director, Portfolio Consulting Team Lead, Multi Asset Portfolio and Investment Consulting Blackrock Corporation Us, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2015 $155,400
SR. Consultant, Team Lead, Risk Analytics The Northern Trust Company Chicago, IL Nov 11, 2016 $150,000 -
$160,000
SR. Consultant, Team Lead, Risk Analytics The Northern Trust Company Chicago, IL Jun 17, 2016 $135,000 -
$145,000
Senior Consultant/Team Lead Infusiondev LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $135,000
Consultant VI/Case Team Leader Monitor Company Group, LP San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2010 $130,000 -
$160,000
Consultant VI/Case Team Leader Monitor Company Group, LP Cambridge, MA Sep 01, 2010 $130,000 -
$170,000
Consultant VI/Case Team Leader Monitor Company Group, LP San Francisco, CA Dec 08, 2009 $130,000 -
$153,000
Senior Consultant-Team Lead Adobe Systems Incorporated New York, NY Nov 01, 2010 $128,350
Team Lead/Managing Consultant IBM Corporation Somers, NY Feb 20, 2015 $127,358 -
$160,025
Senior Consultant/Team Lead Infusiondev LLC New York, NY Dec 29, 2012 $125,000
Consultant-Front Office Team Murex North America Inc. New York, NY Jul 14, 2014 $117,000 -
$127,500
Senior Consultant/Team Lead Infusiondev LLC New York, NY Dec 01, 2011 $110,000
Consultancy Team Lead Saxotech, Inc. Tampa, FL May 04, 2012 $105,000
Team Lead-SAP Consultants Northgatearinso, Inc. Cumming, GA Sep 07, 2015 $104,437 -
$137,717
Team Lead-SAP Consultants Northgatearinso, Inc. Norcross, GA Sep 22, 2012 $100,298 -
$133,000
Team Lead-SAP Consultants Northgatearinso, Inc. Norcross, GA Apr 13, 2011 $98,779 -
$130,340
Team Leader Consulting Basware, Inc. Rosemont, IL Sep 11, 2013 $98,716
Team Lead-SAP Consultants Northgatearinso, Inc. Norcross, GA Apr 13, 2010 $98,322 -
$118,500
Team Lead, Implementation Consultants Orion Systems International, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Feb 01, 2010 $95,000
Senior Consultant/Testing Team Lead Excelacom Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jan 01, 2014 $89,300
Consultant and Team Lead IBM India Private Limited Atlanta, GA Sep 15, 2015 $88,843 -
$93,288
Senior Consultant-Team Lead Stratigent, LLC Naperville, IL Sep 09, 2012 $85,400
Senior Consultant/Team Lead Headstrong Services LLC Scottsdale, AZ Jul 30, 2012 $81,000
Team Lead, Implementation Consultants Orion Systems International, Inc. Boston, MA Jan 01, 2010 $80,000
Consultant/Team Lead Megasoft Consultants, Inc. Coppell, TX Jan 01, 2010 $78,874 -
$88,874
Consultant/Team Lead Loganbritton, Inc. Smithfield, RI Oct 01, 2013 $78,208 -
$88,208
SR. Consultant/Team Lead Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Dec 27, 2010 $78,000
Consultant/Team Lead Megasoft Consultants, Inc. Dover, NH Mar 01, 2010 $77,251 -
$90,000

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  • Provided superior customer service and work quality while demonstrating attention to detail, flexibility and innovation in Resolving problems.
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Consultant/Team Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

52.9%

Female

35.9%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

55.0%

Asian

15.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.2%

French

12.2%

Chinese

10.7%

Mandarin

6.1%

German

5.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Hindi

3.1%

Portuguese

3.1%

Russian

2.6%

Hebrew

2.6%

Malay

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Telugu

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Bengali

1.5%

Romanian

1.0%

Norwegian

1.0%

Carrier

1.0%

Italian

1.0%
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Consultant/Team Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.9%

New School

6.0%

New York University

5.1%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.8%

George Washington University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

DePaul University

4.5%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

The Academy

4.2%

Capella University

4.2%

University of Arizona

4.2%

Villanova University

3.9%

University of Pennsylvania

3.9%

William Paterson University of New Jersey

3.9%

West Virginia University

3.9%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.6%

Nova Southeastern University

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

29.1%

Computer Science

10.2%

Finance

7.2%

Management

6.3%

Marketing

5.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Accounting

3.7%

Communication

3.6%

Psychology

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.4%

Information Technology

3.1%

Project Management

2.7%

Computer Engineering

2.5%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Computer Applications

2.5%

Nursing

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.5%

Masters

32.4%

Other

14.7%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.3%
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