Most technical consultants are hired for projects requiring significant knowledge in a particular technical area. They are usually hired through a consulting or staffing firm, and they often must be able to learn components such as software quickly when placed within a company. Technical consultants need to be able to provide expertise, advice, and support to the company.
Technical consultants need to be customer service-oriented and detail-oriented, as well as have communication skills, listening skills, and flexibility. They must also be able to work with other people to reach a common goal. Technical consultants typically are required to have at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Most consultants will continue their education, and it is not uncommon for technical consultants have higher-level degrees in computer science or engineering. Some may have as much as a doctorate in their specialized skill set.
Technical Consultant Tasks
- Troubleshoot and resolve technical and equipment problems remotely and on-site.
- Install, upgrade, maintain, and evaluate products and services.
- Visit customers and provide hands-on training in their local environment.