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Working As A Functional Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $126,216

    Average Salary

What Does A Functional Consultant 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 Functional Consultant

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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Functional Consultant Career Paths

Functional Consultant
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Module Lead Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Sap-Sd Consultant SAP MM Consultant Senior Consultant
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
SAP Consultant Lead Consultant Business Analyst
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Oracle Consultant Oracle SOA Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
SAP Consultant Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Manager
Senior Quality Assurance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Sap-Sd Consultant 3.7 years
SAP MM Consultant 3.2 years
Functional Lead 2.5 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Oracle Consultant 2.3 years
SAP Consultant 2.3 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
SAP Analyst 2.1 years
Junior Consultant 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 11.6%
Developer 4.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.3%

Functional Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

69.5%

Female

27.6%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

45.8%

Asian

39.7%

Hispanic or Latino

6.6%

Unknown

5.9%

Black or African American

2.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.7%

French

8.6%

Portuguese

5.7%

Japanese

5.7%

Hindi

5.7%

Thai

5.7%

Irish

2.9%

Telugu

2.9%

Vietnamese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Czech

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Tamil

2.9%
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Functional Consultant Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

14.0%

University of Phoenix

8.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

6.6%

Texas A&M University

5.9%

Temple University

5.1%

Indiana Institute of Technology

5.1%

Central Michigan University

5.1%

Strayer University

5.1%

University of Houston

5.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.4%

University of Cincinnati

4.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

University of Utah

3.7%

George Mason University

3.7%

University of the West

2.9%

Central State University

2.9%

Nova Southeastern University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

14.5%

Computer Science

12.9%

Finance

9.1%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

Information Technology

7.0%

Accounting

7.0%

Engineering

5.6%

Computer Applications

5.5%

Mechanical Engineering

5.0%

Computer Engineering

4.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Business/Commerce

3.2%

Marketing

2.6%

Management

2.4%

Industrial Engineering

2.2%

Information Systems

2.0%

Project Management

1.5%

Management Information Systems

1.4%

Human Resources Management

1.4%

Supply Chain Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.8%

Masters

41.0%

Other

8.8%

Diploma

2.7%

Certificate

1.3%

Associate

1.1%

Doctorate

0.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Functional Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Executive Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Mount Olive, NJ May 13, 2016 $136,800
Functional Consultant Daz Systems, Inc. Bloomfield, NJ Feb 01, 2015 $136,475
Functional Consultant Daz Systems, Inc. Allen, TX Jan 07, 2015 $136,475
Executive Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Sunnyvale, CA Apr 08, 2016 $134,971
SAP Functional Consultant C Ahead Technologies, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 22, 2015 $132,000 -
$150,000
Functional Consultant Daz Systems, Inc. El Segundo, CA Jan 01, 2015 $131,250
Executive Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Redmond, WA Mar 10, 2016 $131,100
Functional Consultant Daz Systems, Inc. Dublin, CA Mar 01, 2015 $128,894
Functional Consultant Systime Computer Corporation Mansfield, MA Oct 22, 2016 $127,905
JD Edwards Functional Consultant Cyret Technologies Inc. Richmond, VA Jun 13, 2016 $127,000
Executive Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Washington, DC May 12, 2015 $126,360
Executive Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Washington, DC Mar 12, 2015 $126,360
Executive Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Houston, TX Apr 14, 2015 $125,763
Principal Functional Consultant Systime Computer Corporation Houston, TX Sep 19, 2016 $84,238
Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Redmond, WA Jun 27, 2015 $84,032
Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Redmond, WA Jul 07, 2015 $84,032
Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Redmond, WA Jul 29, 2015 $84,032
Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Redmond, WA Aug 17, 2015 $84,032
Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Redmond, WA Jul 30, 2015 $84,032
Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Bellevue, WA Aug 18, 2015 $84,032
SAP Functional Consultant Mouri Tech.LLC Foxborough, MA Oct 12, 2015 $84,000
Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Hazelwood, MO Aug 06, 2016 $75,525
Techno Functional Consultant IBM India Private Limited Warren, NJ Aug 03, 2015 $75,413 -
$77,609
Techno-Functional Consultant IBM India Private Limited Warren, NJ Jun 05, 2015 $75,413 -
$77,609
Techno Functional Consultant IBM India Private Limited Piscataway, NJ May 11, 2015 $75,413 -
$77,334
Techno-Functional Consultant IBM India Private Limited Raritan, NJ Jun 29, 2015 $75,413 -
$77,609
Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Erlanger, KY Nov 30, 2016 $75,338
Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Saint Petersburg, FL Jun 23, 2015 $75,300

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Top Skills for A Functional Consultant

ModulesBusinessProcessCustomReportsBusinessRequirementsFinancialInterfacesGLMasterDataAPSetupOrderManagementLegacySystemAssetSAPECCPayrollCoreHRLedgerUATTestScriptsPO

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Top Functional Consultant Skills

  1. Modules
  2. Business Process
  3. Custom Reports
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported other team members in breakthrough strategies regarding cross functional modules and the impacts which could have been on the business.
  • Involved in Special Business Processes: Third Party and Cross Company Order Processing.
  • Developed Custom Reports, Advanced Reports and Calculated fields.
  • Configured Validation and Substitution rules per the business requirements:.
  • Developed Financial Reports using Report Painter.

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