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Working As A Solutions 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

  • $99,720

    Average Salary

What Does A Solutions 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 Solutions 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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Solutions Consultant Career Paths

Solutions Consultant
Specialist Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant Change Management Consultant
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Data Analyst Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Professional Services
11 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Project Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Specialist Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Practice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Product Manager
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Director Of Professional Services Business Development Director
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Solutions Engineer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Senior Account Manager Account Executive
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Territory Manager Sales/Marketing Sales Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Senior Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Product Management Director
Vice President-Products
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Solutions Manager 3.0 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Process Consultant 2.2 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 11.5%
Manager 4.4%
Internship 3.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 16.5%
Specialist 4.6%
Manager 3.1%

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Solutions Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

67.1%

Female

30.4%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

57.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

12.5%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

4.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.5%

French

11.3%

Portuguese

7.0%

Japanese

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%

Chinese

4.2%

German

4.2%

Italian

4.2%

Russian

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Cantonese

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Korean

1.4%

Swedish

0.7%

Irish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Danish

0.7%

Armenian

0.7%

Polish

0.7%
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Solutions Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.3%

DePaul University

8.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

Michigan State University

5.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.5%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

Western Illinois University

4.1%

George Washington University

3.7%

Auburn University

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

Georgia State University

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

University of Washington

3.7%

University of Georgia

3.7%

Regis University

3.3%

University of Virginia

3.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.3%
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Majors

Business

32.2%

Computer Science

9.4%

Marketing

7.2%

Management

5.8%

Communication

4.8%

Finance

4.4%

Information Technology

4.1%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Political Science

2.8%

Project Management

2.8%

Psychology

2.8%

Education

2.4%

Nursing

2.0%

Economics

2.0%

Information Systems

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Law

1.7%

English

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.1%

Masters

24.5%

Other

15.5%

Associate

5.1%

Certificate

2.6%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.0%
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Real Solutions Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Solutions Consultant Guidance Software, Inc. Pasadena, CA Dec 15, 2016 $170,000
Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 08, 2016 $165,000
Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 30, 2015 $160,000
Manager, Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 17, 2016 $156,250
Ad Serving Solutions Consultant Google Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $155,606
Solutions Consultant Cloudera Palo Alto, CA Mar 28, 2016 $150,000
Manager, Solutions Consultant Medallia, Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $150,000
Package Solution Consultant IBM Corporation Houston, TX Jun 01, 2015 $149,156
Principal Solutions Consultant Mulesoft, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 12, 2015 $145,933
Demonstration Excellence Solutions Consultant Netsuite San Mateo, CA May 15, 2015 $145,933
Solution Consultant Apigee Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 15, 2015 $145,000
Solutions Consultant Google Inc. New York, NY Aug 11, 2016 $140,000
Solutions Consultant Medallia, Inc. Raleigh, NC May 16, 2016 $140,000
Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 09, 2016 $140,000
Platforms Solutions Consultant Google Inc. New York, NY Aug 20, 2015 $93,400
Package Solution Consultant IBM India Private Limited Atlanta, GA May 16, 2016 $93,288 -
$96,954
Package Solution Consultant IBM India Private Limited Atlanta, GA Jun 23, 2016 $93,288 -
$96,954
Peoplesoft Package Solution Consultant IBM India Private Limited Jersey City, NJ Jan 06, 2016 $92,404
Reporting Solutions Consultant II Bluecross Blueshield of Tennessee Chattanooga, TN Oct 22, 2016 $92,227 -
$121,347
Reporting Solutions Consultant II Bluecross Blueshield of Tennessee Chattanooga, TN Jan 11, 2016 $92,227 -
$121,347
Workday Solutions Consultant Prime Software Technologies, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jul 20, 2016 $92,061
Package Solution Consultant IBM India Private Limited Charlotte, NC Jun 17, 2016 $82,187 -
$83,916
Package Solution Consultant IBM India Private Limited Dallas, TX Sep 08, 2016 $82,187
Package Solution Consultant IBM India Private Limited Chicago, IL Jun 08, 2016 $82,187
Package Solution Consultant IBM India Private Limited Chicago, IL Aug 23, 2016 $82,187
Package Solution Consultant IBM India Private Limited Chicago, IL Aug 31, 2016 $82,187
Package Solution Consultant IBM India Private Limited Chicago, IL Feb 08, 2016 $82,187
Package Solution Consultant IBM India Private Limited Chicago, IL Mar 08, 2016 $82,187

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  1. Delivery
  2. Proposals
  3. Process Improvement
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  • Assist management with special assignments, such as evaluating vendors, gathering/evaluating consultant proposals, or other responsibilities as requested.
  • Project team leader, focused on developing various process improvements to mitigate risk and optimize execution for continuous improvement.
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  • Develop product sales strategies and assist customers in implementing best practice architectures.

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