A 4-year degree or certification from a reputable learning institution is the basic requirement in any field nowadays. However, experience, and expertise adds to the marketability of a Contract/Specialized Consultant. Education however comes in many forms. Some may argue that years on a job are better than formal education. Whatever the consensus the basic facts are the same. Consultancy has become such a specialization that the more one brings to the table the better prepared and marketable they will be.
The expertise and experience in a particular field of Consultancy will bring problem solving skills, confidence, and the ability to manage a successful business. But the analytic skills and up to date research with a strong command of the latest methods used in that sector, are paramount to success.
It is necessary for Consultants who pursue careers in this sector to have the basics. A Bachelor in Marketing, Journalism, Advertising, etc. is something most firms will look for. However a certification for a specific field or specialization will enhance their marketing capabilities. Most Consultants in today’s market have degrees but also go through a vigorous training program in order to specialize in various sectors. This can often give the consultant a competitive edge.
When specilaizig in this industry there are so many facets and direction one can target therefore, learning the basics and following what a consultant loves most will be rewarded. For example as a Business Analysis Consultant a client may ask for a curriculam of an 8 week class. Presentations and study samples should be included in those deliverables. Agile methodology and Rational Unified process should be included. Per that requirement it is apparent a strong scientific and analytical mind is necessary. There are too many specialization in this indusrty therefore through experience many Consultants will find their niche.
For example on the East Coast some states like Massachusetts and New Hampshire large firms will pay a Marketing Research Consultant $85,000-$125,000 a year. Eventually most successful Consultants open their company. One must have tenacity, drive including passion for success. However many companies and corporations every year employ outside consultants that specialize in specific fields of consultancy with a Business background. This added value on their market research will ultimately reflect on their company image or product image. Perhaps this demand is one reason for the high income that research consultants receive every year. A starting salary of $55,000 to $155,000 is not unheard of in this industry.
A 4-year B.A. in business or public relations will allow the Consultant to learn the basics of how to think like a Consultant and more important how to deliver solutions. The ability to read and decipher statistics while offering solutions is not an easy task however there is demand with new products and brands being introduced to the public every day.