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Working As A Staff Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff 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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How To Become A Staff Consultant

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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Staff Consultant Career Paths

Staff Consultant
Consultant Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Manager Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer NET Developer Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Management Analyst Human Resources Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Technical Consultant Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Consultant 3.0 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Lead Consultant 2.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
ERP Consultant 2.3 years
Junior Consultant 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Staff Consultant
Consultant 13.0%
Internship 9.2%
Programmer 4.1%
President 3.5%
Analyst 3.5%
Manager 2.8%
Director 2.8%
Top Careers After Staff Consultant
Consultant 16.8%
Manager 5.5%
Director 3.5%
Owner 3.1%
Principal 2.9%

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Staff Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

57.7%

Female

32.5%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Asian

13.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.3%

French

14.1%

Portuguese

7.0%

German

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%

Chinese

4.2%

Cantonese

4.2%

Korean

2.8%

Italian

2.8%

Swedish

1.4%

Dutch

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Gujarati

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Cheyenne

1.4%

Greek

1.4%
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Staff Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

New York University

7.3%

Northwestern University

6.5%

Pennsylvania State University

6.5%

George Washington University

6.0%

DePaul University

5.6%

Temple University

4.8%

University of Southern California

4.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

Northern Illinois University

4.4%

Boston University

4.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.0%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

Purdue University

4.0%

University of Cincinnati

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

Illinois State University

3.6%

Cornell University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

24.4%

Computer Science

13.2%

Accounting

11.3%

Finance

7.9%

Management

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Marketing

3.1%

Pharmacy

2.7%

Economics

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Information Systems

2.0%

Computer Applications

1.9%

Law

1.9%

Psychology

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Social Work

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.9%

Masters

35.7%

Other

12.1%

Doctorate

4.3%

Certificate

3.6%

Associate

3.5%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a Staff Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Staff Consultant in the United States is $76,945 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $97,000.

Real Staff Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Consultant-Drilling Risers Wood Group Kenny, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 29, 2016 $146,099
Staff Consultant Wood Group Kenny, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 03, 2016 $145,912
Staff Consultant Wood Group Kenny, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 21, 2015 $145,912
Staff Modeling Consultant Wood Group Kenny, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 01, 2015 $140,150
Staff Consultant Wood Group Kenny, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 23, 2015 $140,099
Staff Consultant Wood Group Kenny, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 30, 2015 $130,000
Staff Consultant-Etl Developer/Architect Information Control Company, LLC Columbus, OH Mar 21, 2016 $127,500
Staff Consultant/Staff Data Analyst Developer Collaborative Consulting, LLC Burlington, MA Nov 23, 2015 $122,450
Staff Consultant-Bi Developer/Architect Information Control Company, LLC Columbus, OH Mar 12, 2015 $115,000
Staff Consultant-Etl Developer/Architect Information Control Company, LLC Columbus, OH Dec 01, 2016 $115,000
Staff Consultant-Bi Developer/Architect Information Control Company, LLC New Albany, OH Aug 03, 2016 $115,000
Staff Consultant-Java Developer Information Control Company, LLC Columbus, OH Mar 24, 2016 $114,000
Staff Consultant-Etl Developer/Architect Information Control Company, LLC Columbus, OH Sep 02, 2016 $110,000
Staff Consultant/Developer Collaborative Consulting, LLC Burlington, MA Jun 13, 2015 $80,250
Staff Consultant/Developer Collaborative Consulting, LLC Burlington, MA Mar 19, 2015 $80,250
Staff Consultant Speridian Technologies, LLC Albany, NY Oct 09, 2016 $80,000
Staff Consultant-Etl Developer Information Control Company, LLC Columbus, OH Jan 06, 2015 $80,000
Staff Consultant-Etl Developer Information Control Company, LLC Columbus, OH Apr 02, 2015 $80,000
Staff Consultant Speridian Technologies, LLC Albuquerque, NM Aug 29, 2016 $80,000
MTS Consultant-Sys Engrg (Member of Technical Staff) Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Apr 15, 2016 $77,613
Staff Consultant Speridian Technologies, LLC Albuquerque, NM Jul 24, 2015 $69,300
Staff Consultant Speridian Technologies, LLC Plymouth, MN Feb 11, 2015 $69,300
Staff Consultant Speridian Technologies, LLC Albuquerque, NM Oct 19, 2015 $69,300
Staff Consultant Speridian Technologies, LLC Albuquerque, NM Oct 16, 2015 $69,300
Staff Consultant APPS Associates, LLC Sudbury, MA Sep 20, 2016 $69,000
Staff Consultant APPS Associates, LLC Sudbury, MA Oct 27, 2016 $69,000
Staff Consultant APPS Associates, LLC Nashua, NH Dec 19, 2016 $69,000

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  2. Procedures
  3. Data Entry
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  • Hired to analyze the financial statements of acquisitions to identify fraudulent activity and assess potential impact of these misrepresentations.
  • Provided accurate documentation and chain-of-custody procedures to support Computer Forensics department cases involving imaged hard drives.
  • Created and analyzed data entry for certain key documents.
  • Provided project management for new software implementations and on site system management of VAX/VMS cluster systems in retail corporate headquarters environment.
  • Developed PL/SQL procedures/packages to validate and cleanse legacy data for conversion into production applications.

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