Technical Consultants help clients solving technical problems in computers and information systems by providing support, training and consultation services. They play a crucial role and decide what computer tools and technologies are best able to help clients sustain and grow a profitable business. Most companies hire Technical Consultants as independent contractors to address a specific problem in hand and thereby increase efficiency and cut overhead costs. This also makes the career as a Technical Consultant opt for self employment options and offer work flexibility. The time period for consultancy may vary depending upon the length and needs of the project for which one is hired.
The role of a Technical Consultant needs you to assess your abilities other than technical expertise such as strong natural consulting skills, ability to relate problems from all levels of an organization and the ability to synthesize information in an effective presentation.
Salaries and Job Outlook*
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Consulting is one of the fastest growing fields in the IT sector. Economic growth and to the continuing complexity of business demand for advice in all areas of business planning urges the need to hire Technical Consultants. They may be working for large organizations or opt for self employment. Technology-related consulting projects have merged with technology companies and moved from traditional consulting firms in order to serve clients better. Technical Consultants enjoy a positive job outlook and are also not affected with economic downturns as companies look to outsource their expertise to reduce costs.Salaries are proportionate to qualifications, expertise and experience. The average salary of a Technical consultant ranges between INR 6.5 lacs p.a to 7.0 lacs p.a.
Education and Training
A bachelor's degree in a computer-related field is necessary for work as an information technology consultant, including computer science, management information systems (MIS). An advanced degree can give you a competitive edge in the job market.A previous work experience or a position under an experienced information technology consultant can prove helpful and getting on job training and getting better positions in future organizations.
- MSc Project Management
Valued Traits & Abilities
Technical Consultants are hired by many organizations most often at start up phases to give consultation on a specific need, usually technological needs and ensure computer systems are running efficiently in the fastest and cost effective manner. These consultants may work for large organizations, small and medium sized businesses or become successful self employed consultants with higher earning probabilities.
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
They manage one or more projects in leading, assisting and planning. They also help in negotiating with stakeholders or suppliers, resolving in conflicts between projects and define service levels and deliverables to customers. IT Project managers are ultimately responsible to meet business or client's needs and objectives.
He is responsible for the development of software and hardware solutions by matching the requirements of information systems with that of the organization. They are viewed as an agent of change, to design and introduce change after having identified a problem in existing systems. He also monitors all performance in context to time, cost and quality.
Depending upon the type of organization, a systems engineer may be involved in the acquisition, installation, testing, and implementation phases of a project. They also evaluate current system and recommend changes for improvement. Computer systems security is another important area with increasing importance for systems engineers.
- AON Hewitt
- Godrej Infotech ltd.
- Clematis Technology Solutions