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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

  • $99,130

    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 Senior Consultant
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Recruiter Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Program Director General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Instructor General Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Director Operations Director Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Development Manager Human Resources Manager
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SAS Programmer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Account Manager Assistant Vice President
Vice President Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Program Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

52.0%

Male

44.6%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

78.8%

Asian

9.9%

Hispanic or Latino

8.3%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.1%

French

12.5%

Chinese

6.0%

Mandarin

4.8%

Russian

4.8%

Italian

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

Portuguese

3.0%

German

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Cantonese

1.8%

Filipino

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Bulgarian

1.2%

Thai

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Carrier

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Turkish

0.6%
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Program Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.1%

Columbia University

6.8%

Strayer University

6.4%

Michigan State University

6.1%

Temple University

5.7%

Walden University

5.7%

Florida State University

5.7%

New York University

5.3%

Ohio State University

4.9%

University of Alabama

4.2%

George Washington University

4.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.8%

Babson College

3.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.8%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.8%

University of Georgia

3.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.4%

Fordham University

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

20.5%

Social Work

9.3%

Computer Science

8.2%

Psychology

6.3%

Communication

5.3%

Education

5.2%

Public Health

4.8%

Management

4.6%

Nursing

4.1%

Public Administration

3.4%

Marketing

3.3%

Counseling Psychology

3.2%

Educational Leadership

3.1%

School Counseling

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Political Science

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Sociology

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Mental Health Counseling

2.5%
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Degrees

Masters

41.1%

Bachelors

29.1%

Other

14.4%

Doctorate

6.4%

Associate

4.5%

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. Agoura Hills, CA Mar 31, 2015 $100,000 -
$110,000
Consultant-Apps Programming Bank of America N.A. Richmond, VA Jul 01, 2013 $100,000 -
$120,000
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
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 Apps Programming Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC Oct 31, 2011 $90,000 -
$110,000
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
Consultant-Apps Programming Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC Aug 15, 2011 $77,000 -
$97,000
Program Consultant AGFA Healthcare Corporation Greenville, SC Aug 31, 2013 $77,000
Program Consultant AGFA Healthcare Corporation Carlstadt, NJ Aug 31, 2013 $77,000
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 Kent, WA Oct 25, 2012 $71,947

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Top Skills for A Program Consultant

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Top Program Consultant Skills

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  2. Data Entry
  3. Financial
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  • Provided statewide consultation, technical assistance and training to Early Intervention programs surrounding policies and procedures.
  • Designed and implemented learning forums to engage health professionals in related patient education, advocacy, and policy reform.

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