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Become A Principal Consultant

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Working As A Principal 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

  • $110,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Principal Consultant Do

A Principal Consultant works for a consulting firm that is specialized in financial, technical, management, marketing, or scientific industries. They may also lead a group of consultants on client-based projects.

How To Become A Principal Consultant

Most management analysts have at least a bachelor’s degree. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation may improve job prospects.


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. 


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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Real Principal Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Strategic Business Lead and Principal Consultant Asap Solutions Group Atlanta, GA Jun 22, 2015 $482,619
Principal Consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 12, 2015 $210,059
Principal Consultant Medergy Healthgroup, Inc. Yardley, PA Apr 15, 2016 $190,000 -
Principal Consultant (International) Applied Predictive Technologies San Francisco, CA Mar 06, 2016 $185,000
Principal Consultant Cm2 Limited, LLC D/B/A Broad Branch Advisors Washington, DC Aug 05, 2015 $180,000
Senior Principal Consultant MSG Global Solutions, Inc. Princeton, NJ Feb 11, 2016 $175,000 -
Principal Project Manager/Principal Consultant Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 16, 2015 $174,907
Principal Consultant Percona Staffing LLC Durham, NC Feb 22, 2016 $170,000
Senior Principal Consultant Program Planning Professionals, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 25, 2016 $168,850
Principal Consultant The Arnold Group Seattle, WA Nov 17, 2016 $168,000 -
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Top Skills for A Principal Consultant


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Top Principal Consultant Skills

  1. Financial
  2. Strategic Plan
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Identified and solicited suppliers who possess the relevant technology and financial ability to meet the project purpose.
  • Project and Business Management: -Optimize operations, including; distribution channel analysis, budget & forecast and strategic planning.
  • Key areas of responsibilities include Business Analysis and Project Management.
  • Expanded book of business and total clients while overseeing services delivery and business development for numerous technology projects.
  • Launched member newsletter, implemented social media and updated website.

Top Principal Consultant Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Principal Consultant

  1. NTT Data International L.L.C.
  2. Oracle
  3. MITRE
  4. Siemens
  5. Wipro Limited
  6. Halliburton
  7. Infinitive
  8. HMB Net
  9. MindTree Limited USA
  10. Dell EMC
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