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Working As A SAP Abap Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does A SAP Abap 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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SAP Abap Consultant Career Paths

SAP Abap Consultant
SAP Consultant Consultant
Lead Consultant
7 Yearsyrs
SAP Consultant Functional Consultant
Functional Lead
7 Yearsyrs
SAP Consultant Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior Technical Consultant
7 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Abap Consultant
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer Solutions Architect
Lead Solution Architect
8 Yearsyrs
SAP Technical Consultant
Senior SAP Technical Consultant
6 Yearsyrs
SAP BW Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SAP BW Consultant SAP Analyst SAP Fico Consultant
Senior SAP Fico Consultant
6 Yearsyrs
SAP BW Consultant SAP Analyst Sap-Sd Consultant
Senior SAP Consultant
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Analyst Senior Analyst
Analyst Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Functional Consultant
Senior Functional Consultant
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Business Analyst Functional Analyst
Senior Functional Analyst
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Sales Engineer Senior Sales Representative
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sap/Abap Developer Senior Software Engineer Solutions Architect
SAP Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Customer Relationship Management Consultant Solutions Architect Integration Architect
Lead Integrator
8 Yearsyrs
SAP Technical Consultant Functional Consultant
Implementations Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Customer Relationship Management Consultant Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SAP MM Consultant Application Consultant ERP Consultant
ERP Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
SAP MM Consultant 3.5 years
SAP BW Consultant 3.4 years
Sap/Abap Developer 2.4 years
SAP Consultant 2.4 years
SAP Analyst 2.3 years
Abap Consultant 2.3 years
Abap-Developer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before SAP Abap Consultant
Consultant 9.9%
Programmer 5.0%
Top Careers After SAP Abap Consultant
Consultant 5.2%

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SAP Abap Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

56.9%

Female

29.9%

Unknown

13.1%
Ethnicity

White

37.1%

Asian

36.4%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

6.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

22.7%

German

18.2%

Spanish

18.2%

Finnish

9.1%

Carrier

9.1%

Dutch

9.1%

Portuguese

4.5%

Vietnamese

4.5%

Italian

4.5%
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SAP Abap Consultant Education

Schools

DePaul University

10.5%

University of Bridgeport

8.8%

More Tech Institute

8.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

7.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.3%

University of the West

5.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

5.3%

National College

5.3%

The Academy

5.3%

University of Houston

3.5%

Metropolitan College

3.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.5%

Villanova University

3.5%

Pittsburg State University

3.5%

Central Michigan University

3.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.5%

California State University - East Bay

3.5%

Saint Louis University-

3.5%

Heritage Institute

3.5%

Western Washington University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

27.7%

Electrical Engineering

15.4%

Computer Applications

12.5%

Engineering

7.9%

Information Technology

7.6%

Computer Engineering

6.7%

Business

5.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Information Systems

1.2%

Education

1.2%

Management Information Systems

1.0%

Mathematics

1.0%

Computer Networking

1.0%

Information Sciences

0.9%

Marketing

0.9%

Accounting

0.7%

Project Management

0.7%

Systems Engineering

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.7%

Masters

35.2%

Other

5.0%

Diploma

2.0%

Associate

0.5%

Certificate

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a SAP Abap Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a SAP Abap Consultant in the United States is $90,413 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $66,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $122,000.

Real SAP Abap Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP Abap Consultant Krypt Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 04, 2016 $128,000
SAP Abap Consultant Krypt Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 24, 2016 $128,000
SAP Abap Architect Consultant Equal-Plus, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jan 05, 2015 $125,000
SAP Abap Architect Consultant Equal-Plus, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Apr 29, 2015 $125,000
SAP Abap Consultant Attune Consulting USA Inc. Burlington, MA Mar 25, 2016 $120,000
SAP Abap Consultant Piezos Technology Solutions Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Sep 01, 2015 $120,000
SAP Abap Consultant The Hackett Group, Inc. Irving, TX Jan 25, 2016 $119,080 -
$141,482
SAP Consultant, Abap Attune Consulting USA Inc. Burlington, MA Jan 22, 2016 $115,000
SAP Consultant, Abap Attune Consulting USA, Inc. Burlington, MA Sep 22, 2015 $115,000
SAP AFS Abap Consultant Attune Consulting USA Inc. Burlington, MA Aug 31, 2015 $115,000
SAP Consultant, Abap Attune Consulting USA Inc. Burlington, MA Sep 29, 2015 $115,000
SAP Consultant, Abap Attune Consulting USA, Inc. Burlington, MA Feb 19, 2015 $115,000
SAP AFS Abap Consultant Attune Consulting USA Inc. MD Aug 31, 2015 $115,000
SAP Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Jan 10, 2016 $84,880 -
$89,901
SAP Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Nov 26, 2015 $84,880 -
$89,901
SAP Abap Consultant Erp Analysts, Inc. Bellevue, WA Feb 11, 2016 $84,739
SAP Abap Consultant Cystems Logic, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2015 $83,480
SAP Abap Consultant Cystems Logic, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Feb 03, 2016 $83,480
SAP Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Secaucus, NJ Jul 11, 2016 $83,375
SAP Abap Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited San Jose, CA Jun 23, 2016 $82,187 -
$87,448
SAP Abap Technical Consultant IBM Inida Private Limited Wayne, PA Aug 16, 2015 $73,262
SAP Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Jul 12, 2015 $73,033 -
$74,825
SAP Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Boise, ID Jan 18, 2016 $72,530
SAP Abap Consultant IBM India Private Linmited Charlotte, NC Nov 25, 2015 $72,278 -
$76,809
SAP Abap Consultant IBM India Private Limited Saint Paul, MN Aug 31, 2015 $72,233 -
$74,825
SAP Abap Consultant Ventois, Inc. Shrewsbury, MA Jan 09, 2016 $72,000
Consultant-SAP Abap Invenio Business Solutions Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 09, 2016 $72,000
SAP Abap Consultant Erp Analysts, Inc. Golden Valley, MN Oct 28, 2015 $72,000

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Top Skills for A SAP Abap Consultant

  1. Function Module
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. SAP
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  • Developed a Wrapper Function module for user authentication.
  • Designed complex process of to create Purchase requisitions and Purchase orders automatically based on minimal data entry.
  • Project Name: MERCK COMET SAP Implementation Project Role: SAP ABAP Consultant Project Description: This is an implementation project.
  • Worked on exits which allows users to process create/change/delete sales after successful customer identification for order directly in ECC.
  • Created a User exit to populate the custom fields in Purchasing Document Header and Purchasing Document Line tables using enhancement MM06E005.

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