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Become A Management Consultant

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Working As A Management 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

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Management Consultant Do

A Management Consultant is responsible for helping an organization solve issues, create value, and improve the efficiency of a business. They analyze statistics, make recommendations for improvement, and develop and implement new procedures and training programs.

How To Become A Management 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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Management Consultant Career Paths

Management Consultant
Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Manager And Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Marketing Director
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Senior Project Manager Business Developer
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager Controller
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Human Resources Coordinator Controller
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manager And Consultant Program Manager President Of Operations
Senior Vice President-Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales Manager Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Management Consultant Senior Project Manager President Of Operations
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Director Human Resources Manager Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Strategy
13 Yearsyrs
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Management Consultant Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    64.7%
  • Female

    32.4%
  • Unknown

    2.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    75.5%
  • Asian

    12.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.7%
  • Unknown

    2.8%
  • Black or African American

    1.0%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    36.5%
  • French

    15.6%
  • German

    7.3%
  • Chinese

    5.9%
  • Mandarin

    5.5%
  • Italian

    4.3%
  • Portuguese

    4.2%
  • Japanese

    2.9%
  • Arabic

    2.4%
  • Hindi

    2.4%
  • Russian

    2.3%
  • Carrier

    2.3%
  • Cantonese

    1.6%
  • Swedish

    1.3%
  • Hebrew

    1.2%
  • Korean

    1.1%
  • Urdu

    1.0%
  • Turkish

    0.8%
  • Dutch

    0.7%
  • Greek

    0.7%
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Real Management Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Management Consultant Netflix, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Sep 08, 2015 $325,000
Managing Consultant Cigital, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 27, 2016 $215,000
Project Management Consultant Utilicast, LLC Carmel, IN Jan 05, 2016 $195,194
Managing Consultant Pa Consulting Group, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 30, 2015 $189,000
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation North Wales, PA Sep 11, 2015 $185,000
Management Consultant (Project Leader) The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Troy, MI May 11, 2015 $181,500 -
$210,000
Management Consulting Finance Effectiveness Hyperion Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC Chicago, IL Aug 26, 2016 $180,000
Management Consultant Willis Re, Inc. Miami, FL Aug 09, 2016 $175,000
Managing Consultant Axon Solutions, Inc. Redmond, WA Sep 28, 2016 $174,244
Managing Consultant Axon Solutions, Inc. Islandia, NY Jul 31, 2015 $173,632
Managing Consultant Axon Solutions, Inc. Wilmington, DE Apr 03, 2015 $170,644
Managing Consultant Axon Solutions, Inc. Golden, CO Jan 28, 2015 $170,644
Managing Consultant Axon Solutions, Inc. Golden, CO Feb 02, 2016 $170,000
Managing Consultant Axon Solutions, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 24, 2015 $167,200
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation Coppell, TX Dec 16, 2016 $124,577
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation Houston, TX Jun 08, 2015 $124,539
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation Schaumburg, IL Jun 30, 2015 $124,524
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation North Wales, PA Dec 01, 2015 $124,500
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation North Wales, PA Jan 12, 2015 $124,500
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation Paramus, NJ Sep 23, 2016 $124,428
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation Paramus, NJ Jun 10, 2016 $124,428
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation Eden Prairie, MN Mar 05, 2015 $109,819
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Sep 08, 2015 $109,762 -
$169,055
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Mar 11, 2015 $109,762 -
$169,055
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Mar 02, 2015 $109,762 -
$169,055
Instructional Management Consultant Airborne Systems North America of Nj Inc. Eloy, AZ Feb 15, 2015 $109,568
Managing Consultant IBM Corporation Hillsboro, OR Aug 17, 2015 $109,483 -
$155,000
Managing Consultant Red Clay Consulting San Diego, CA Aug 22, 2016 $109,283

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Top Skills for A Management Consultant

FinancialAnalysisProjectManagementBusinessStrategyProceduresComplianceDeliveryBusinessProcessHumanResourcesProcessImprovementInfrastructureProjectPlansWebProjectScopePortfolioHealthcareBusinessDevelopmentAuditERPArchitectureManagementSystem

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Top Management Consultant Skills

  1. Financial Analysis
  2. Project Management
  3. Business Strategy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct financial analysis and forecasting.
  • Utilize project management tools to track and report on developments of projects.
  • Developed and proposed framework and process to improve Blue Cross' ability to integrate business strategy with policy and legislative changes.
  • Instituted Document Control program and developed core set of procedures covering Process Management Plan, Quality Policy, and Quality Plan.
  • Provided dealer principals and supervisory personnel with action plans to ensure compliance with manufacturer warranty and incentive programs.

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