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Working As A Technical Solutions Consultant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $113,657

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Solutions Consultant Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Technical Solutions Consultant

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Technical Solutions Consultant Career Paths

Technical Solutions Consultant
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President/Chief Executive Officer Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Account Manager Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager Sales Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Consultant 2.9 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 7.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 13.0%

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Technical Solutions Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

80.4%

Female

16.9%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

55.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

13.8%

Black or African American

12.2%

Unknown

3.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.3%

French

15.8%

Greek

10.5%

Carrier

10.5%

Portuguese

5.3%

Chinese

5.3%

Mandarin

5.3%

German

5.3%

Japanese

5.3%

Russian

5.3%

Italian

5.3%
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Technical Solutions Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.6%

More Tech Institute

5.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.7%

American InterContinental University

4.7%

George Washington University

4.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.7%

Cornell University

4.7%

University of Georgia

4.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%

A-Technical College

3.5%

Georgia State University

3.5%

University of Houston

3.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.5%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.5%

Colorado State University

3.5%

Syracuse University

2.3%

University of San Francisco

2.3%
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Majors

Business

23.5%

Computer Science

17.4%

Computer Information Systems

9.3%

Information Technology

6.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.8%

Management

4.1%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Project Management

3.5%

Computer Networking

3.2%

Information Systems

3.2%

Accounting

2.6%

Finance

2.3%

Political Science

2.0%

Communication

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Computer Programming

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.2%

Masters

25.7%

Other

19.1%

Associate

9.3%

Certificate

1.5%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.9%
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Real Technical Solutions Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 24, 2015 $170,000
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 08, 2016 $170,000
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2016 $160,000
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 22, 2016 $160,000
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $157,500
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 05, 2016 $145,000
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 23, 2016 $145,000
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 17, 2015 $143,336
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 16, 2015 $143,000
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 24, 2016 $143,000
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 16, 2015 $142,560
Vmware Technical Solutions Consultant (Software Engineer) Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Apr 15, 2016 $142,376 -
$150,000
SR. Vmware Technical Solutions Consultant (Software Engineer) Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 24, 2016 $142,376 -
$175,000
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 15, 2016 $119,300
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 25, 2016 $118,400
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. New York, NY Nov 18, 2016 $118,400
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 08, 2016 $118,400
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. San Bruno, CA Aug 19, 2016 $118,400
SR. Technical Solutions Consultant BT Americas Inc. New York, NY Apr 22, 2016 $115,570
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 07, 2016 $115,000
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 11, 2016 $115,000
Presales Technical Consultant, Solutions Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Plymouth, MA Jan 10, 2016 $104,278 -
$210,000
Consultant Applications & Technology Solutions Convergys Corporation Taylorsville, UT Oct 02, 2015 $104,250
Technical Solutions Consultant Google Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Nov 20, 2015 $103,501
Technical Solutions Consultant (Software Engineer) Vmware, Inc. Waltham, MA May 11, 2016 $101,500
Technical Solutions Consultant Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Alpharetta, GA Aug 25, 2016 $101,115 -
$123,731
Technical Solutions Consultant Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company Alpharetta, GA May 20, 2016 $100,422

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Top Skills for A Technical Solutions Consultant

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  1. Computer
  2. Technical Support
  3. Customer Service
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  • Provided network design services for computing labs for Compaq Computer Corporation.
  • Worked with localized insurance agencies to provide technical support and solutions.
  • Exceeded client expectations, received multiple awards in delivering impeccable customer service.
  • Skilled and experienced in solutions selling, design, account representation, project management, internal process analysis and improvement.
  • Developed expertise in mobile remote access technologies and use expertise to communicate and deliver service to business customers.

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