WHAT IS A CONSULTANT?

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What is a Consultant?

Consultants are hired to share their knowledge and expertise in order to help an organisation achieve goals, solve problems and refine processes. As an objective outsider, not beholden to any particular co-workers, corporate culture or office politics; a Consultant offers a fresh perspective and can act as a catalyst for change and reform.

Used in almost every industry, Consultants are usually experts or experienced professionals in a particular field, such as business management, retail sales, film production or information technology. They provide recommendations, give advice and solve problems.

Improving or updating a specific system or area of a client’s company is the most common task for which a Consultant is brought in. They may be asked to teach employees new software, analyse and advise on management structure or implement and hone better production procedures. Businesses also often hire a Consultant to supplement staff, helping to bridge a gap caused by shortages of skills or expertise.

What do Consultants do?

  • Liaising with clients to establish desired outcomes.
  • Interviewing and observing staff at all levels within a company.
  • Analysing existing systems and processes to identify shortcomings and areas of inefficiency.
  • Advising and recommending strategies to improve performance.
  • Making presentations outlining benefits and projected effects of proposed strategies.
  • Developing and supplying training programs and procedure manuals.
  • Supervising implementation of approved changes and monitoring results.
  • Reviewing and updating operating procedures to ensure maximum productivity.

Career snapshot for Consultant

  • The average age of working Consultants is 42.
  • 56.60% of Consultants are male.
  • 80.60% of Consultants work full-time and on average they work around 40.1 hours per week.
  • With A Bachelor Degree or higher, Consultants get paid $1,500 per week Before Tax.
  • Unemployment levels are average.
  • In 2015 records showed 57,800 employed Consultants.
  • The projected growth of the profession is estimated to be very strong with employment numbers around 66,700 by 2020.
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