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Working As A Lead Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $91,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead 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 Lead 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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Lead Consultant Career Paths

Lead Consultant
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Quality Assurance Lead Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Quality Assurance Lead Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Business Development Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Merchandising Manager Planning Manager
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Finance Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Accounting Manager Plant Controller
Finance Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager Technical Delivery Manager
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Systems Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Senior Consultant Technology Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Store 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
Application Lead 3.0 years
Lead Integrator 2.6 years
Functional Lead 2.5 years
SAP Consultant 2.4 years
Lead Consultant 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Lead Consultant
Consultant 20.4%
Developer 3.3%
Manager 3.2%
Top Careers After Lead Consultant
Consultant 19.0%
Architect 4.2%
Manager 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$91,000
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$72,000
Min 10%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Electronic Arts
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Lead Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Consultant in the United States is $92,064 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $116,000.

Real Lead Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
GV Lead Consultant Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 19, 2012 $137,250
Consultant Lead Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Oct 22, 2018 $114,587
Consultant Lead Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Jan 17, 2018 $111,654
Consultant Lead Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Oct 12, 2015 $107,536
MTS Consultant-Sys Engrg (Lead Systems Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 07, 2016 $104,986
Lead Consultant-Infrastructure Management-US-Practitio Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2018 $101,878
Lead SYS Consultant-SYS Analysis & Programs (SR. Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 14, 2012 $101,731
Lead Consultant-Infrastructure Management-US-Professio Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA May 01, 2017 $99,154
Lead Consultant-Infrastructure Management-US-Practitio Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2017 $99,154
MTS Consultant-Sys. Engrg. (Lead System Consultant Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2013 $97,850
MTS Consultant-Sys Engrg (Lead System Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 05, 2018 $96,720
MTS Consultant-Sys. Engrg. (Lead System Consultant Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 24, 2013 $95,880
Lead Systems Conslt-Sys Arch (Systems Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2011 $95,880
Lead Consultant Jawood Business Process Solutions LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 14, 2019 $93,933
Lead SYS Consultant-SYS Analysis & Programs (SOF Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 18, 2012 $88,259
SAP Lead Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 03, 2011 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Consultant

  1. Business Requirements
  2. Web Application
  3. Customer Service
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  • Provided post go-live Production support both functionally and technically.
  • Developed interfaces for multiple Benefits carriers using oracle PL/SQL, UNIX shell, Oracle API's etc., Performed EDI.

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Lead Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

65.9%

Female

29.1%

Unknown

5.1%
Ethnicity

White

51.6%

Asian

20.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.4%

French

13.0%

Italian

5.0%

Chinese

5.0%

Mandarin

5.0%

Portuguese

4.6%

German

4.6%

Hindi

3.8%

Russian

3.8%

Urdu

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Korean

2.1%

Carrier

1.7%

Hebrew

1.3%

Dari

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Catalan

0.8%

Persian

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%
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Lead Consultant Education

Schools

New York University

6.5%

Georgia State University

6.5%

George Washington University

6.0%

American University

6.0%

University of Texas at Austin

5.5%

University of Central Florida

5.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.5%

Northwestern University

5.1%

DePaul University

5.1%

Columbia University

5.1%

University of Memphis

5.1%

University of Houston

4.6%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.6%

University of Chicago

4.6%

University of Illinois University Administration

4.1%

University of Pennsylvania

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

26.7%

Computer Science

13.4%

Finance

6.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Marketing

4.6%

Computer Applications

4.5%

Accounting

4.3%

Information Technology

4.1%

Management

4.0%

Computer Engineering

4.0%

Psychology

3.3%

Communication

3.1%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Nursing

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Project Management

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%

General Studies

1.9%

Economics

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.9%

Masters

33.2%

Associate

7.5%

High School Diploma

6.5%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

3.3%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.2%
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