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Working As A Data 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

  • $89,255

    Average Salary

What Does A Data 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 Data 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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Data Consultant Career Paths

Data Consultant
Hadoop Developer Data Warehouse Developer Business Intelligence Developer
Business Intelligence Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Solutions Architect Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Business Analyst Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Architect Lead Data Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Lead Developer Senior Consultant
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Project Manager Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Business Consultant Senior Business Analyst Finance Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Business Consultant Business Development Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Architect Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Hadoop Developer Senior Java Developer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Architect Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Consultant Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Consultant 2.9 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.6 years
Data Architect 2.5 years
Staff Consultant 2.5 years
Data Engineer 2.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Data Analyst 2.2 years
Data Consultant 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 14.9%
Internship 5.2%
Developer 3.8%
Architect 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 21.4%
Architect 3.1%
Volunteer 2.6%

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Data Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

61.5%

Female

33.5%

Unknown

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

66.6%

Asian

19.4%

Hispanic or Latino

8.6%

Unknown

3.9%

Black or African American

1.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.2%

French

14.7%

Portuguese

5.9%

Russian

4.4%

Chinese

4.4%

German

4.4%

Swedish

2.9%

Vietnamese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Thai

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Swahili

1.5%

Telugu

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Danish

1.5%

Catalan

1.5%

Armenian

1.5%

Navajo

1.5%

Tamil

1.5%
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Data Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.8%

DePaul University

8.3%

New York University

6.4%

Indiana University Bloomington

6.4%

Wayne State University

5.1%

Harvard University

5.1%

University of Florida

4.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.5%

Johns Hopkins University

4.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.8%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

San Diego State University

3.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.8%

University of Washington

3.8%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

Columbia University

3.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.8%

Strayer University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

17.7%

Computer Science

15.2%

Finance

6.5%

Computer Information Systems

6.2%

Nursing

5.3%

Statistics

4.8%

Management

4.2%

Information Technology

4.1%

Information Systems

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.9%

Economics

3.5%

Marketing

3.4%

Psychology

3.2%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Mathematics

2.8%

Management Science

2.5%

Project Management

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%
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Degrees

Masters

35.2%

Bachelors

34.0%

Other

15.4%

Associate

5.7%

Doctorate

5.1%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.2%
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Real Data Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Analytical Data Consultant MUFG Union Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Jun 27, 2016 $138,362
Healthcare Executive Data Consultant Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, PC Rockville, MD May 21, 2015 $125,000
Senior Data Consultant The Advisory Board Company Philadelphia, PA Sep 28, 2016 $123,662
Senior Data Consultant The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Aug 19, 2016 $123,662
Executive Data Consultant Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, PC Rockville, MD Dec 03, 2015 $121,701 -
$130,000
Senior Data Migration Consultant Data Migration Resources Inc. Skillman, NJ Jun 09, 2016 $120,000
Lead Data Consultant Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Jan 16, 2015 $119,533
Data Migration Consultant Backoffice Associates, LLC Collegeville, PA Nov 01, 2015 $116,000 -
$125,000
Senior Data Migration Consultant Backoffice Associates, LLC Hercules, CA Mar 14, 2016 $112,000 -
$120,000
SAP Master Data Consultant Data Migration Resources, Inc. Mission, KS Sep 15, 2015 $110,000
Big Data Consultant Accenture LLP San Jose, CA Sep 03, 2015 $109,762
Data Migration Consultant Backoffice Associates, LLC Harwich, MA Apr 10, 2015 $107,000
Big Data Consultant IBM India Private Limited Baton Rouge, LA Aug 04, 2015 $105,150
Data Migration Consultant Backoffice Associates, LLC Rochester, NY Sep 01, 2015 $100,000
Bigdata Consultant Erp Analysts, Inc. New York, NY Jun 07, 2016 $100,000
Senior Data Migration Consultant Utopia Global, Inc. Mundelein, IL Jul 07, 2015 $92,000
Consultant Data Management Pyvera Stamford, CT Jan 26, 2015 $90,000 -
$100,000
MTS Consultant-SYS Engrg-Teradata Big Data Developer Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Feb 12, 2015 $90,000
Big Data Consultant Intone Networks Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 03, 2015 $90,000
Data Consultant (Management Analyst) Maine Pointe LLC Rochester, NY Aug 27, 2016 $90,000
SR. Data Consultant Daynine Consulting, Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 18, 2016 $88,234 -
$102,461
SAP Data Reporting Consultant Black & Veatch Corporation Philadelphia, PA Feb 04, 2015 $76,856 -
$135,240
Data Consultant Marketshare Partners LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $75,000
SAP Data Migration Consultant United Software Group Inc. Greenville, SC May 31, 2016 $75,000
Statistician/Data Analysis Consultant Megaputer Intelligence Inc. Bloomington, IN Jul 20, 2015 $75,000
Data Analysis Consultant/Statistician Megaputer Intelligence Inc. Bloomington, IN Jul 20, 2015 $75,000
SAP Data Migration Consultant A1 Kaiser Inc. Newtown, PA Apr 04, 2016 $75,000
Senior Data Stage Consultant Arvyn Technologies Inc. Quincy, MA Apr 29, 2016 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Data Consultant

DataExtractionPl/SqlETLProceduresLegacySystemsFinancialDataSQLServerDataAnalysisDataMigrationDataQualityUnixWebDataWarehouseWindowsHadoopAnalyticsBusinessRequirementsMasterDataDataManagementDB2

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  1. Data Extraction
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. ETL
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  • Worked with Data Extraction team to address the issues & exceptions caught in DS during conversion process.
  • Involved in the design, development and testing of the PL/SQL stored procedures, packages and triggers for the ETL processes.
  • Report design, user liaison, ETL development, and data mining development.
  • Develop and plan implementation procedures with school district superintendents and administrators.
  • Employed data transforms to validate, enrich and load data from legacy systems into a Materials Forecasting System.

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