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Working As A Technical Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical 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 Technical 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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Technical Consultant Career Paths

Technical Consultant
Project Leader Operations Manager Analyst
Analyst Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Project Leader
Architect & Project Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Consultant Lead Technician Project Leader
Consultant/Project Leader
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Head Of Business Development
7 Yearsyrs
Support Analyst Operations Analyst Systems Programmer
Mainframe Systems Programmer
5 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Network Technician
Network Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager Vice President
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Data Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Generalist
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Engineer Application Engineer
Senior Applications Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Software Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Product Manager Regional Sales Manager
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.3 years
Systems Consultant 2.9 years
Technical Analyst 2.7 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Oracle Consultant 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Technical Consultant
Consultant 10.9%
Internship 3.9%
Programmer 3.9%
Developer 3.6%
Top Careers After Technical Consultant
Consultant 12.7%

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Technical Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

75.7%

Female

21.3%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

54.1%

Asian

16.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.0%

French

12.9%

German

8.0%

Mandarin

5.8%

Chinese

5.8%

Carrier

4.4%

Portuguese

4.0%

Russian

3.5%

Japanese

3.5%

Italian

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Hindi

2.4%

Cantonese

1.5%

Dutch

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

Greek

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Korean

0.7%

Tamil

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%
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Technical Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.7%

More Tech Institute

5.6%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

George Mason University

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

Strayer University

4.6%

DePaul University

4.5%

New York University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

University of Florida

3.8%

George Washington University

3.7%

University of Arizona

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.6%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.1%

Business

17.5%

Computer Information Systems

8.4%

Electrical Engineering

8.1%

Information Technology

7.0%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Information Systems

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Management

3.1%

Computer Networking

3.1%

Finance

2.8%

Computer Applications

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Engineering

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

Communication

2.2%

Marketing

2.0%

Mathematics

1.9%

Psychology

1.8%

Education

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.7%

Masters

25.3%

Other

16.7%

Associate

7.4%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

3.1%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Technical Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Consulting Mts-Technology Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 07, 2013 $117,000
Consulting Mts-Technology Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 22, 2013 $116,000
Consulting Mts-Technology Verizon Services Corporation Ashburn, VA Mar 03, 2014 $115,000
Consulting MTS-Technology Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 10, 2014 $95,000
Technical Consultant Perficient, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2019 $93,933 -
$103,933
Consulting Mts-Technology Verizon Services Corporation Ashburn, VA Dec 09, 2013 $86,000
Technical Consultant Perficient, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 10, 2019 $84,926 -
$94,926
Technical Consultant Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Jul 09, 2016 $83,782
Technical Consultant Intellipoint Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2014 $83,000 -
$93,000
Technical Consultant American Consulting Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 28, 2014 $80,000
Technical Consultant Us Software & Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2015 $68,000
Technical Consultant Us Software & Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2015 $65,000
Technical Consultant Sum All Data Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 05, 2015 $58,125

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Technical Consultant

Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$60,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Huron
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Technical Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technical Consultant in the United States is $87,205 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

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Top Skills for A Technical Consultant

  1. Windows XP
  2. Database
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Created Windows XP OS Build images for clients of Eli Lilly and Company in the United Kingdom and Southern Eastern Europe.
  • Formulated database design, data structure and procedures designed for efficiency, third-party data interaction and high-level decision support.
  • Gathered requirements from Clients to design and develop application database enhancements through PL/SQL stored procedures.
  • Provide Quality Assurance testing for end-user and administrator modules.
  • Supported the supervising Technology Consultant in providing technical support for desktop computing and communications needs.

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  6. Pennsylvania
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