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Working As An Organizational 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

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Organizational 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 An Organizational 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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Organizational Consultant Career Paths

Organizational Consultant
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager General Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager General Manager Business Development Manager
Senior Business Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Director Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Organizational Development Consultant Training Manager Program Manager
Director Program Management
12 Yearsyrs
Organizational Development Consultant Training Manager Operations Director
Director Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Organizational Development Consultant Training Manager
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Organizational Development Manager Director Of Human Resources Managing Director
Client Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Organizational Development Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Organizational Development Manager Senior Manager Senior Operations Manager
Head Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Team Leader Executive Team Leader
Business Partner
8 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Consultant Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Site Manager Quality Manager
Performance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager Technical Delivery Manager
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Consultant/Founder 4.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Process Consultant 2.2 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Organizational Consultant
Consultant 12.0%
Internship 8.2%
Director 7.1%
Manager 4.2%
Top Careers After Organizational Consultant
Consultant 11.7%
Internship 4.5%
Manager 4.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$126,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Slalom
Highest Paying City
Philadelphia, PA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does an Organizational Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Organizational Consultant in the United States is $85,549 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

Real Organizational Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Consultant III, Global Organizational Effectiveness Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Bentonville, AR Apr 06, 2015 $105,000
Organizational Effectiveness & Diversity Consultan University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI May 09, 2014 $86,000
Organizational Delivery Consultant Right Management, Inc. Oak Brook, IL Sep 17, 2010 $84,000
Organizational Consultant The Ready Network, LLC White Plains, NY Dec 14, 2015 $82,000
Organizational Consultant The Ready Network, LLC New York, NY Jul 12, 2015 $82,000
Strategic and Organizational Consultant Sovena USA Rome, NY Oct 01, 2011 $75,000
Organizational Consultant Massada Home Sales, Inc. New York, NY Nov 16, 2015 $67,954
Organizational Consultant Massada Home Sales Inc. NY Aug 27, 2014 $66,972
Organizational Consultant Achieva I.T Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jan 08, 2015 $63,606
Organizational Consultant The Essential International Group LLC Hialeah, FL Sep 26, 2012 $60,000
Strategic and Organizational Consultant Sovena USA, Inc. Rome, NY Sep 10, 2014 $57,500 -
$77,500
Organizational Consultant Infomerica Inc. East Windsor, NJ Sep 20, 2012 $55,682

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Top Skills for An Organizational Consultant

  1. Organizational Development
  2. Management Strategy
  3. Training Programs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided organizational development consultation to nonprofit agency.
  • Developed content management strategy, trained internal team, and developed toolkit for knowledge management consulting for Organizational Effectiveness division.
  • Identified barriers in communication for multiple client organizations, and designed effective training programs and cognitive strategies to rectify issues.
  • Developed enhanced reporting capabilities utilizing Business Warehouse and SharePoint to facilitate the succession planning, talent management and performance management process.
  • Composed and presented power-point presentation highlighting recommendations for talent development, business process improvements, and expected value over time.

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Top 10 Best States for Organizational Consultants

  1. New Jersey
  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Washington
  6. Connecticut
  7. New Hampshire
  8. North Carolina
  9. New York
  10. Texas
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Organizational Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

53.2%

Male

37.4%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.6%

French

9.5%

Portuguese

7.9%

German

6.3%

Mandarin

3.2%

Hebrew

3.2%

Russian

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Swahili

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Wolof

1.6%

Armenian

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Cheyenne

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Croatian

1.6%
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Organizational Consultant Education

Schools

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

9.2%

Claremont Graduate University

7.7%

Capella University

7.0%

New York University

6.3%

Brigham Young University

6.3%

University of Phoenix

5.6%

American University

5.6%

Seattle University

4.9%

Seattle Pacific University

4.9%

University of Pennsylvania

4.2%

University of Southern California

4.2%

Pepperdine University

4.2%

Columbia University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

University of California - Berkeley

3.5%

University of the Rockies

3.5%

Northwestern University

3.5%

Georgetown University

3.5%

University of Iowa

3.5%

Walden University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

24.1%

Counseling Psychology

20.8%

Psychology

10.7%

Human Resources Management

7.2%

Management

3.5%

Education

3.3%

Communication

3.3%

Community Organization And Advocacy

3.1%

Public Administration

2.8%

Clinical Psychology

2.8%

Educational Leadership

2.6%

Sociology

2.4%

Organizational Behavior Studies

2.1%

English

2.1%

Political Science

1.9%

Marketing

1.7%

School Counseling

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Law

1.4%

Industrial Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

50.7%

Bachelors

22.0%

Doctorate

14.0%

Other

8.5%

Certificate

3.5%

Associate

1.1%

Diploma

0.2%
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