Computer consultants provide advice to companies regarding what technology should be implemented based on its particular needs; examples of this include networks, workstations, internet, and hardware and software. These consultants may also be present in the process of implementing new technology in order to resolve issues or make any necessary changes.
As time goes on, computer consultants must stay up-to-date on new technologies in order to recommend changes and ensure that all implemented technology remains functional over time. They often work for consulting companies which, in turn, work with a range of companies, and the work is done by both freelancers and fixed employees. In some jobs, computer consultants personally create programs to help ease the work of employees at the company, which requires coding ability and knowledge of programming languages such as Java and C++.
Strong communication skills are important in this position in order to work well with vendors and employees who use their technology. Computer consultants may also be personally expected to train and educate employees regarding how the new technology should be used, so public speaking skills are highly beneficial. A bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, or a related field is generally required for this position.
Computer Consultant Tasks
Troubleshoot computer and network problems by phone or in person.
Provide training on how to use new technology and systems.
Install hardware and software, set up networks and computer systems, and update network security for clients.