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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

  • $91,000

    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
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Lead Technician Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Hadoop Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Hadoop Developer Data Warehouse Developer Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Hadoop Developer Data Warehouse Developer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Finance Manager
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Data Scientist Analytics Consultant
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Solutions Architect Technical Project Manager
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Analyst Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Senior Leader Technology Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Consultant/Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Systems Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Data Architect 2.6 years
Data Engineer 2.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Data Analyst 2.3 years
Data Consultant 2.0 years
ETL Consultant 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Data Consultant
Consultant 15.4%
Internship 6.0%
Developer 3.8%
Top Careers After Data Consultant
Consultant 17.7%

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Data Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

54.5%

Female

31.8%

Unknown

13.7%
Ethnicity

White

53.5%

Asian

17.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

10.7%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.7%

French

14.4%

Russian

5.6%

Chinese

5.6%

German

5.6%

Mandarin

4.4%

Portuguese

4.4%

Japanese

4.4%

Swedish

2.2%

Vietnamese

2.2%

Thai

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Polish

2.2%

Swahili

1.1%

Telugu

1.1%

Luganda

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Danish

1.1%
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Data Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.2%

New York University

7.5%

DePaul University

7.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.9%

University of Connecticut

5.1%

Harvard University

5.1%

University of Southern California

4.7%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.7%

Columbia University

4.3%

Wayne State University

3.9%

Temple University

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.9%

Strayer University

3.9%

Johns Hopkins University

3.9%

University of Cincinnati

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.5%

University of Florida

3.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

19.5%

Computer Science

14.6%

Finance

6.0%

Nursing

5.4%

Computer Information Systems

5.0%

Statistics

4.6%

Management

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Information Systems

4.1%

Information Technology

4.0%

Economics

3.7%

Marketing

3.5%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Management Science

3.0%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Mathematics

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Psychology

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Communication

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.3%

Masters

33.5%

Other

14.6%

Associate

5.9%

Doctorate

4.7%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.2%
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$65,000
Min 10%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
1.8 years
How much does a Data Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Data Consultant in the United States is $91,202 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

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
Big Data Consultant Intone Networks Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 03, 2015 $90,000
MTS Consultant-SYS Engrg-Teradata Big Data Developer Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Feb 12, 2015 $90,000
Consultant Data Management Pyvera Stamford, CT Jan 26, 2015 $90,000 -
$100,000
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 Analysis Consultant/Statistician Megaputer Intelligence Inc. Bloomington, IN Jul 20, 2015 $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 Consultant Marketshare Partners LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $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

  1. Extract Data
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. ETL
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  • Worked on extract Programs for Material Master to extract data from the C-Cluster and Load the same into the W-Cluster.
  • Involved in the design, development and testing of the PL/SQL stored procedures, packages and triggers for the ETL processes.
  • Developed complex ETL procedures to update/insert/delete data from heterogeneous sources.
  • Utilized session variables, repository variables and initialization blocks in the repository building and modification procedures in OBIEE.
  • Facilitated Data Migration/Conversion process from Legacy systems to SAP.

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