Those working as a computer consultant work with IT departments in government, schools, businesses and organizations to help them choose and implement the right computer network system. Consultants also help ensure that it continues to run smoothly. Computer consultants work to provide software and hardware solutions, along with helping the client choose and utilize the right tools for their specific needs.
People who have a natural affinity for computers, organization and problem solving skills do well in this field. Those that enjoy being a team leader also do well. An advanced degree is often required to be a computer consultant, so enjoying education is a plus. Computer consultants often spend a lot of time in continuing education, as the field experiences rapid growth and evolution.
There isn’t a specific degree for becoming a computer consultant, however there are certification programs. Those seeking a career in this field often obtain a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and/or Business Management as a first step. Degrees in Information Design, Network Security, Data Based Technology, and Software Programming are also good choices when pursuing a career as a computer consultant. While not required, a professional consulting certification gives candidates an edge. A Certified Management Consultant certificate is awarded for specific product or technology training. Most computer consultants obtain advanced degrees, specialized certification and continuing education.
Most consultants don’t jump in as a consultant, but are recruited after years of related work experience. There are some companies that offer entry level positions with on the job training, but if you only have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many computer consultants use their experience and education to open their own firm, allowing flexibility in choosing assignments. Working as an independent contractor has a lot of advantages, and allows you to selectively choose the work you love. Computer consultants are needed in practically every industry.