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Working As A Program 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

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Program 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 A Program 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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Program Consultant Career Paths

Program Consultant
SAS Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director Trainer
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Product Manager Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Principal Consultant Practice Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Education Consultant Research Consultant Senior Research Analyst
Director Of Institutional Research
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Sales And Marketing Manager Event Manager
Director Of Marketing And Events
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Finance Manager
Finance Director
10 Yearsyrs
Program Director Operations Manager Branch Manager
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Assistant Director General Manager
Market Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Operations Director Vice President
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
SAS Programmer Senior Consultant Business Development Manager
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Director General Manager Account Executive
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Analyst Management Analyst
Senior Managment Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Project Director
Senior Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Therapist Program Manager Portfolio Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Specialist Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Consultant 2.9 years
Program Analyst 2.8 years
Staff Consultant 2.5 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Program Consultant 2.0 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Junior Consultant 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Program Consultant
Consultant 10.6%
Internship 7.4%
Teacher 5.8%
Director 4.4%
Manager 3.5%
Programmer 3.2%
Top Careers After Program Consultant
Consultant 18.6%
Director 6.5%
Manager 4.4%
Instructor 3.0%
Internship 3.0%
Teacher 3.0%

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Program Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

52.6%

Male

44.0%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

10.1%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.0%

French

13.8%

Chinese

5.2%

Russian

4.6%

Japanese

4.6%

Mandarin

4.0%

Italian

4.0%

Arabic

3.4%

Portuguese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Cantonese

1.7%

Filipino

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Bulgarian

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Carrier

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Turkish

0.6%

Luganda

0.6%
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Program Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.9%

Columbia University

7.3%

Michigan State University

6.5%

Florida State University

5.7%

Strayer University

5.7%

Walden University

5.4%

New York University

5.0%

Ohio State University

5.0%

George Washington University

4.6%

Temple University

4.6%

University of Alabama

4.2%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.8%

Babson College

3.8%

University of Georgia

3.8%

Boston University

3.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3.8%

Syracuse University

3.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

20.1%

Social Work

9.5%

Computer Science

7.8%

Psychology

6.0%

Education

5.3%

Communication

5.0%

Management

4.8%

Public Health

4.5%

Nursing

4.4%

Public Administration

3.6%

Educational Leadership

3.2%

Counseling Psychology

3.2%

Marketing

3.1%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Political Science

2.8%

School Counseling

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Mental Health Counseling

2.7%

Sociology

2.7%

Finance

2.5%
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Degrees

Masters

41.5%

Bachelors

28.9%

Other

14.1%

Doctorate

6.4%

Associate

4.7%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Real Program Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Consultant-International Certification Program Office of The Comptroller, Commonwealth of Pr San Juan, PR Jul 16, 2009 $182,613
Application Programming Consultant Capmkt Bckofc BANC of America Securities LLC New York, NY Mar 21, 2010 $138,000 -
$158,000
Applications Programming Consultant, Capital Marke Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Mar 01, 2010 $125,000
Consultant, Programming DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Oct 09, 2016 $111,280 -
$116,000
Consultant-Apps Programming Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. Agoura Hills, CA Sep 16, 2011 $105,040 -
$117,000
Consultant-Apps Programming Bank of America N.A. Richmond, VA Jul 01, 2013 $100,000 -
$120,000
Consultant-Apps Programming Bank of America N.A. Agoura Hills, CA Mar 31, 2015 $100,000 -
$110,000
Applications Program Consultant Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Mar 15, 2010 $100,000
Consultant-Apps Programming Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. Addison, TX Mar 15, 2011 $100,000 -
$120,000
Consultant, Programming DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Oct 06, 2016 $97,115 -
$117,854
Consultant-Apps Programming Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. Agoura Hills, CA Jan 01, 2012 $96,658 -
$111,000
Marketing Program Consultant Dell Marketing USA LP Round Rock, TX Sep 03, 2010 $94,000
Consultant, Apps Programming Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. Simi Valley, CA Sep 27, 2010 $93,829 -
$112,000
Systems Software Program Consultant Health Care Service Corporation Roanoke, VA Mar 15, 2012 $92,300 -
$115,000
Marketing Programs Consultant Dell Marketing USA, LP. Round Rock, TX Sep 20, 2010 $91,000
Consultant-Apps Programming Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC May 30, 2011 $90,000 -
$110,000
Consultant Apps Programming Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC Oct 31, 2011 $90,000 -
$110,000
Marketing Programs Consultant Dell Marketing USA LP Round Rock, TX Aug 31, 2010 $90,000
Applications Programming Consultant Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Jul 19, 2010 $90,000 -
$130,000
Consultant, Programming DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Jan 26, 2011 $88,920 -
$100,500
Consultant, Programming DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Jan 31, 2014 $88,670 -
$110,993
Programming Consultant Akshat Corporation Princeton, NJ Jan 05, 2015 $79,000 -
$82,000
Program Consultant AGFA Healthcare Corporation Carlstadt, NJ Aug 31, 2013 $77,000
Program Consultant AGFA Healthcare Corporation Greenville, SC Aug 31, 2013 $77,000
Consultant-Apps Programming Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC Aug 15, 2011 $77,000 -
$97,000
Consultant-Programming Zylog Systems Limited San Francisco, CA Jul 18, 2013 $72,613
Consultant-Programming Zylog Systems Limited San Jose, CA Nov 06, 2012 $71,947
Consultant-Programming Zylog Systems Limited Marlborough, MA Dec 14, 2012 $71,947

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Program Consultant

Average Yearly Salary
$75,000
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$50,000
Min 10%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Hess
Highest Paying City
Houston, TX
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Program Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Program Consultant in the United States is $75,637 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $113,000.

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Top Skills for A Program Consultant

  1. Proc SQL
  2. Technical Support
  3. Data Entry
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  • Provided technical support for released software.
  • Utilize Outcome Tracker software to perform data entry in order to keep client information/milestones current.
  • Performed quality review audits and recommended training for claims and customer service procedures resulting in a substantial increase in satisfaction.
  • Program Consultant for local energy and sustainability projects including project management and coordination, producing design documents and visual aids.
  • Conduct community outreach by attending a variety of community meetings to promote and explain health improvement programs.

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  3. District of Columbia
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New Jersey
  6. Connecticut
  7. Maryland
  8. New York
  9. New Hampshire
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