What does a Consultant do?

Consultants are experts in their fields with extensive knowledge and experience in a niche-specific subject who use their experience and expertise to address issues and solve problems found in businesses. Often, they come in from the outside of an organization with a perspective that is new and provide fresh takes that can unstick issues to shift resources and to move a company in a different direction.

Consultants turn their extensive knowledge into a resource to facilitate change or revitalize business processes. They assist with the creation of new businesses and are called upon to assist start-ups before, during, and after they launch. As specialists in the marketing, human resources management, engineering, and finance fields, consultants provide expert advice and analysis accordingly. They are abject at troubleshooting and present strategies that address and prevent problems or improve and enhance company performance. Consultants need a four-year degree in their area of expertise.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Consultant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$75,500 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $76K
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Consultant Career Path

Learn how to become a Consultant, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Consultant Insights

Read what Consultant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Up Group (UK)Up Group (UK)
1 Aug 2019

“+ Really high quality and well respected tech clients which is helpful when engaging with candidates”

Senior Consultant
14 Aug 2021

“Good company and also projects are good and company was giving benefits to employee but not now”

23 Oct 2020

“Office administrators maintain such a positive and friendly attitude that make you enjoy going to work every day.”

12 Jan 2021

“People are young and energetic largely and there is an emphasis on developing your skills and career.”

5 Oct 2021

“The global and local team I work with are brilliant and really enhance my day and the work we do.”

Willis Towers WatsonWillis Towers Watson
14 Apr 2021

“Graduate programme was well structured and a good career path for new graduates fresh out of university.”

Venn GroupVenn Group
Executive Consultant
14 Aug 2019

“I have a great team who are supportive and always helping to develop me as a Recruiter.”

26 Oct 2020

“Flat and slow career path evolution; an indicator that productivity and knowledge is not appreciated.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a consultant

When working as a consultant, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are SQL Server, Consulting, Excellent Communication, Configuration and Javascript.

The most similar professions to consultant are:
  • Business Consultant
  • Management Consultant
  • Digital Marketing
  • Program Manager

The most common qualifications to become a consultant is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.