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Working As A Professional Services Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $94,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Professional Services 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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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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Professional Services Consultant Career Paths

Professional Services Consultant
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer NET Developer Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Lead Technician Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Applications Engineer Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Lead Consultant 2.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Professional Services Consultant
Consultant 11.4%
Internship 3.9%
Manager 3.4%
Top Careers After Professional Services Consultant
Consultant 15.0%
Director 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$94,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$70,000
Min 10%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$127,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Proofpoint
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Professional Services Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Professional Services Consultant in the United States is $94,493 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

Real Professional Services Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Professional Services Senior Consultant Smartstream Technologies Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2016 $150,000
Professional Services Senior Consultant Informatica Corporation Redwood City, CA Jan 19, 2016 $147,641
Professional Services Senior Consultant Informatica LLC Redwood City, CA Apr 26, 2016 $146,800
Professional Services Senior Consultant Informatica LLC Redwood City, CA Mar 06, 2016 $145,750
Professional Services Consultant Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Apr 09, 2016 $144,014
Professional Services Consultant Intel Corporation San Jose, CA Mar 28, 2016 $142,376 -
$152,800
Professional Services Consultant Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 19, 2015 $142,000 -
$148,400
Professional Services Consultant Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Meridian, ID Sep 18, 2016 $140,030
Professional Services Senior Consultant Informatica Corporation Redwood City, CA Dec 18, 2015 $136,000
Professional Services Consultant Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 18, 2015 $135,850 -
$148,400
Professional Services Consultant Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 23, 2016 $135,720 -
$151,300
Professional Services Senior Consultant Informatica Corporation Redwood City, CA Aug 12, 2015 $134,638
Professional Services Senior Consultant Informatica Corporation Redwood City, CA Sep 23, 2015 $134,638
Professional Services Consultant Boardvantage, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Apr 10, 2015 $134,638
Professional Services Technical Consultant Netsuite Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 29, 2016 $109,000
Professional Services Consultant Netsuite New York, NY Jun 23, 2016 $108,722
Professional Services Senior Consultant Informatica LLC Columbus, OH Jan 18, 2016 $108,500
Professional Services Consultant Boardvantage, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jun 24, 2016 $108,000
Professional Services Senior Consultant Informatica LLC Westmont, IL Oct 01, 2015 $108,000
Professional Services Consultant Intel Corporation Westerville, OH Sep 27, 2016 $107,973 -
$129,500
Consultant-Professional Services Verizon Business Network Services Ridgefield, NJ May 29, 2015 $107,179
Professional Services Consultant Infoblox Inc. Coppell, TX Jan 09, 2016 $97,698 -
$120,000
Professional Services Consultant Informatica Corporation Jersey City, NJ Oct 26, 2015 $97,407
Professional Services Senior Consultant Informatica Corporation Hackensack, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $97,168
Professional Services Senior Consultant Informatica LLC Oak Park, IL Sep 23, 2016 $97,000
Professional Service Senior Consultant Informatica Corporation Jersey City, NJ May 04, 2015 $96,866
Professional Service Consultant Netsuite Inc. New York, NY May 08, 2016 $95,000
Professional Services Consultant Netsuite Inc. New York, NY Mar 09, 2015 $95,000
Professional Services Consultant 3 McKesson Corporation King of Prussia, PA Aug 25, 2015 $94,598 -
$104,753

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Top Skills for A Professional Services Consultant

  1. Professional Services
  2. Business Requirements
  3. Software Products
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Promoted from Technology Recruiter and handpicked for professional services consulting role to manage and retain client accounts in challenging deployments.
  • Analyzed customer's current business processes and systems and develop business requirements and recommendations for the customer solution.
  • Served as Applications Developer for leading software products firm specializing in secure legacy integration solutions.
  • Developed custom materials and delivered train the trainer for customer service representatives for new and existing client implementations.
  • Project Management Planned, designed, and implemented software solutions in dynamic client environments.

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Professional Services Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

63.0%

Female

28.8%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

10.8%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.4%

French

8.8%

Portuguese

7.0%

Japanese

7.0%

German

3.5%

Mandarin

3.5%

Arabic

3.5%

Russian

3.5%

Czech

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Ukrainian

1.8%

Albanian

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Kinyarwanda

1.8%

Korean

1.8%
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Professional Services Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.9%

Texas State University

6.0%

American InterContinental University

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Michigan State University

4.8%

Texas A&M University

4.8%

University of Houston

4.8%

Villanova University

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

University of California - San Diego

4.2%

San Francisco State University

3.6%

University of Illinois University Administration

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

Cornell University

3.6%

University of California - Davis

3.6%

University of Kansas

3.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.6%

University of Southern California

3.6%
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Majors

Business

26.9%

Computer Science

13.9%

Management

5.8%

Accounting

5.8%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Finance

4.4%

Marketing

4.3%

Information Technology

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Project Management

3.1%

Information Systems

3.1%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Communication

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Economics

2.2%

Mathematics

2.0%

Nursing

1.9%

English

1.9%

Education

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.1%

Masters

28.3%

Other

14.0%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.5%
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