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Working As A SAP Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A SAP 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 Consultant Career Paths

SAP Consultant
Project Manager President Analyst
Analyst Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Engineer Project Leader
Architect & Project Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Coordinator Project Leader
Consultant/Project Leader
6 Yearsyrs
SAP Analyst Sap-Sd Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Application Consultant ERP Consultant
ERP Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SAP Project Manager Senior Project Manager Business Developer
Head Of Business Development
7 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Chief Information Officer Technical Consultant
Oracle Consultant
5 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Information Architect User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
SAP Basis Consultant Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager
Project Manager Integrated
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Project Manager/Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Lead Technician Quality Assurance Lead
Project Manager/Test Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Coordinator Project Specialist
Project Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Consultant
Senior Consultant Architect
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Training Consultant Implementation Consultant
Senior Implementation Consultant
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Business Analyst Senior Analyst
Senior Lead Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Software Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Sales Consultant Technical Support Specialist
Supervisor, Technical Support
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Sap-Sd Consultant 3.7 years
SAP BW Consultant 3.5 years
SAP MM Consultant 3.4 years
Fico Consultant 2.4 years
Sap/Abap Developer 2.4 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
SAP Analyst 2.2 years
SAP Consultant 2.0 years
Junior Consultant 1.3 years
Top Careers Before SAP Consultant
Consultant 14.3%
Developer 2.4%
Top Careers After SAP Consultant
Consultant 13.5%

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SAP Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

69.2%

Female

27.1%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

36.3%

Asian

35.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Black or African American

8.8%

Unknown

8.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.9%

German

11.9%

French

11.9%

Portuguese

9.0%

Arabic

6.0%

Hindi

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Urdu

4.5%

Russian

4.5%

Chinese

3.0%

Turkish

1.5%

Telugu

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Serbian

1.5%

Armenian

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Croatian

1.5%
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SAP Consultant Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

10.6%

University of Phoenix

6.5%

Florida State University

6.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.9%

University of Houston

5.9%

The Academy

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

5.3%

Purdue University

5.3%

Indiana Institute of Technology

5.3%

DePaul University

4.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.1%

University of Cincinnati

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.1%

Oakton Community College

4.1%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

University of Delaware

3.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%

Central Michigan University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

19.1%

Computer Science

16.0%

Finance

8.8%

Accounting

7.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.7%

Engineering

5.2%

Information Technology

5.0%

Computer Applications

4.1%

Mechanical Engineering

3.9%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Industrial Engineering

2.9%

Information Systems

2.3%

Management Information Systems

2.2%

Project Management

1.9%

Business/Commerce

1.7%

Marketing

1.6%

Supply Chain Management

1.4%

International Business

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.4%

Masters

37.8%

Other

9.4%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

1.8%

Associate

1.7%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Real SAP Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP Consultant Dynamic Technology Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 06, 2019 $136,053
Platinum SAP Consultant Itelligence, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 23, 2015 $126,360
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2011 $65,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 03, 2011 $65,000
SAP Consultant Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $65,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 30, 2012 $65,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 26, 2010 $65,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 28, 2010 $65,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 23, 2011 $64,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2011 $64,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 20, 2011 $64,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA May 03, 2011 $64,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 03, 2011 $64,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2010 $64,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A SAP Consultant

Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$55,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Atos
Highest Paying City
San Rafael, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a SAP Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a SAP Consultant in the United States is $80,433 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $117,000.

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Top Skills for A SAP Consultant

  1. ECC
  2. Master Data
  3. Business Requirements
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  • Worked on exits which allows users to process create/change/delete sales after successful customer identification for order directly in ECC.
  • Handled Business process monitoring issues in retail master data management.
  • Worked closely with user communities to understand business requirements, key functional, and integration test requirements.
  • Presented white papers on data consolidation between various business process and system modules to minimize latency and enhance user experience.
  • Worked with the technical team to study the custom programs/codes and verify them against SAP release notes and OSS notes.

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